The spectacular Easter eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian Imperial Family between 1885 and 1917 are the most celebrated and awe-inspiring of all Fabergé works of art, inextricably linked to the Fabergé name and legend.
Showcasing breath-taking finesse and complexity, each Imperial Egg bore a specific theme and was layered with personal and cultural references. The annual presentation of each egg was played out against an extraordinary historical backdrop, imbuing the objects with profound and poignant romance.
The first Imperial Egg was commission by Tsar Alexander III in 1885. Tsar Alexander wanted Faberge to create a jewelled Easter egg as a surprise to his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna. His desire to commission the egg is thought to have derived from the centuries old custom of bringing hand-coloured eggs to church at Easter to be blessed and then presented to family and friends. The custom evolved over the years and became more lavish with the exchange of jewelled gifts frequently becoming the norm amongst St. Petersburg’s high society.
Today Fabergé eggs are seen as the most iconic objects in the history of decorative arts.
Fabergé have recently launched The Fabergé Four Seasons Eggs, a one-of-a-kind series of Imperial-class eggs with jewelled surprises within. The Four Seasons represent the rebirth of the iconic jewelled decorative creations in a long-standing tradition of exquisite works of art. True to the Fabergé legacy, the eggs fuse contemporary innovation with age-old techniques, refined opulence with superlative craftsmanship.