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Discussions about Russian History => Imperial Russian Antiques => Topic started by: Olga on April 19, 2004, 08:58:01 AM

Title: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Olga on April 19, 2004, 08:58:01 AM
As the Faberge eggs constitute such a large part of the Romanov 'myth', which one would be your favourite? Mine would have to be the Red Cross Egg and the Lilies of the Valley Egg. The colour of the pink enamel plus the pearls is just beautiful.  ;D
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Janet Whitcomb on April 19, 2004, 10:37:17 AM
All of the eggs fascinate me, but the Lillies of the Valley egg is definitely my favorite.  It's the miniatures of Nicholas, Olga and Tatiana that are hidden away but appear at the touch of a button (actually, a pearl) incorporated into the design of the egg.  I can only imagine Alexandra's joy when she received this egg . . . portraits of the three people she loved the most, inside an exquiste pink-and-lilly-coverd egg!
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Sarai on April 19, 2004, 02:42:04 PM
Add me to the list of those whose favourite Faberge egg is the Lilies of the Valley egg. I like the pink colour, the lilies of the valley (as they are my own birth flower - for the month of May), and I especially like the sentimentality behind it, with showing the two little Grand Duchesses. In my eyes, it is simply the most beautiful of the Imperial eggs.

While this egg is my favourite, I also like any egg that shows portraits of the children. I imagine that those with portraits of the ones she loved were the most treasured by Alexandra, as they were so very personal. My second place choice would probably be the Fifteenth Anniversary egg, as it is surely the most personal and sentimental of all the eggs. It depicts events from the life of the Imperial couple starting with their Coronation and has beautiful portraits of all the children.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Jane on April 20, 2004, 11:27:41 AM
Oooh, tough question to answer.  Like others, I am fascinated by all of the eggs, not only the Imperial eggs but the Kelch eggs--the craftmanship, the detail, the materials.  But there are several I find especially compelling:

1.  Lilies of the Valley Egg--echoing what others have said here.  Plus I am a sucker for anything Art Nouveau.

2.  Trans-Siberian Railway Egg--just for the surprise--a foot-long miniature wind-up train.

3.  Mosaic Egg--to my eye, one of the most unique of all the Eggs.  Plus the incredibly lovely little cameo portrait of OTMA and Alexis.

4.  Orange-Tree Egg--Gorgeous.  Could look at it all day.

5.  Kremlin Egg--stunning execution of an idea.  Clunky perhaps; certainly not a graceful and delicate egg.  But I love it.  It's so bizarre and unusual.

6.  Steel Egg--sheer perversity on my part.  Clean, straight lines, and I love the bullet-shaped legs.  So evocative of the martial and warlike nature of the times.

Jane

Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: DOMOVOII on May 14, 2004, 05:18:19 PM
Fascinating question, Faberge will forever be inextricably mentioned in the same breath as N&A for me.

For me the very best of the Eggs Imperial or otherwise are the Winter Egg, and the Pansy Egg. both for me capture what these eggs were made for, the expression of the recipint and the pleasure they brought.

Incidentally if anyone knows where the Pansy Egg is I'd love to know, all avenues are closed.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Merrique on May 14, 2004, 07:53:48 PM
I believe the pansy egg is owned by a private collection in the usa.
As far as my favorite egg thats a hard question.They are all so beautiful it's hard to choose.But i would say i really love the basket of wildflowers egg,the standart yacht egg,the tsarevich egg,the fifteenth anniversary egg,the Mosaic Egg,and Twelve Monograms. ::)
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Nick_Nicholson on May 16, 2004, 02:44:41 PM
The Pansy Egg is in a private collection in New Orleans.

Best,

Nick
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: darkannex on August 22, 2004, 05:51:47 PM
I would have to say that my favorite of the eggs would be the "Birch Egg" What a fitting end-note to the monarchy, and so bittersweet.

From the very heights of the monarchy, to be brought down so low by the revolution. The Birch egg, bereft of the gems, embellishments and ornate designs that made its companions so notable...it is still nevertheless the most noble and poignant of them all (IMO).
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: KatieAnn on October 01, 2004, 03:14:07 AM
Oooh what a difficult one to answer!  However, current favourites are:

1.  Winter Egg
2.  Pansy Egg
3.  Steel Egg
4.  Coronation Egg (don't know it's real title but it's got a miniature of the Coronation Coach inside it)
5.  Mosiac Egg
6.  Trans Siberian Egg

Just a quick question:  Did any other members of the IF order eggs?  Michael, Serge etc?  If so, any ideas what they were like?

Thanks
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: leanora on November 12, 2004, 02:42:31 PM
I have just seen the exhibition on this link: http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fab/fab00.html

Wahhoouu, It's a difficult question, but I have noticed 3 wonderful eggs.. They are my favourites:

1) Alexander palace egg  1908
2) Czarevitch egg  1912
3) Rosebud egg  1895
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: doppie on February 22, 2005, 05:29:53 AM
last year i have buy in new york a faberge replica of lilly of the valley egg for us$ 3.500,00. the egg is very beautifull and is my favorite. (sorry my englisch is not so good i am from the netherlands)
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Ortino on February 23, 2005, 05:55:28 PM
I have three favorites:

1. Alexander palace egg
2. Lily of the Valley egg
3. Mosaic egg
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: lexi4 on April 11, 2005, 10:56:16 PM
Alexander Palace Egg
Lilies
Basket of wildflowers...just to name a few.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: chintz22 on May 02, 2005, 09:35:16 PM
Hi all,

I'd have to say my favorite is the Winter Egg too -- the concept is beautifully executed and I especially love the fact that it was designed by a woman.  

The Spring Flowers egg is gorgeous but I believe it was recently revealed not to be an Imperial egg.  It is beautiful nonetheless.  

The Coronation Egg is lovely--the carriage is so detailed.  I've never seen the Trans-Siberian Railway Egg but the intricacy of the mechanism on the train is fascinating.

Such creativity the Faberge shop had.  Can you imagine actually receiving even one of these eggs?  I've always wondered if Nicholas would have given his daughters an egg as well when they were married, especially if they no longer lived in Russia.

Best,

Sarah
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 05, 2009, 09:33:46 AM
My favorite Faberge egg is this one dedicated to the Romanov Dynasty, I don't know the exact name:

(http://inlinethumb11.webshots.com/44682/2983857150101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2983857150101857556OGSMnw)
(http://inlinethumb26.webshots.com/44505/2941211650101857556S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2941211650101857556GKwtDr)
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Tina Laroche on July 05, 2009, 11:36:00 AM
Isn't that the Romanov Tercentenary Egg?
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: RomanovsFan4Ever on July 05, 2009, 11:50:57 AM
Isn't that the Romanov Tercentenary Egg?

Exactly!  :)...I found it right now in the Main Alexander Palace time machine site...  http://www.alexanderpalace.org/palace/1913egg.html
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on July 10, 2009, 08:55:35 PM
The Lillies of the valley egg is my fave, not that I'm trying to be repetitive.  Ever since I saw it, I've wanted to plant some of them in my garden.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Stana_Romanov on July 15, 2009, 07:40:35 PM
I cannot help but contribute my opinion here.  My favorite by far would have to be the Imperial Rose Trellis Egg of 1907.  Nearly everyone is familiar with this one so I won't go into too much detail, but the workmaster was Henrik Wigstrom, and it is crafted out of gold, enamel, and diamonds.  It is 7.7 x 5.9 cm.

It is wonderful to here/see what other people favor as well!

I am very excited because the Legion of Honor museum of San Francisco had a wonderful exhibition running from February 7-May 31 this past year entitled ARTISTIC LUXURY: Faberge, Tiffany, Lalique, which I had the honor of viewing.  To my delight, the Faberge section of this exhibition was quite extensive, featuring many of the most famous eggs, including the Imperial Rose Trellis Egg.  The collection also included another notable artifact from the Faberge collection, which is the large Tea Service and Tea Table (68.6 x 76.2 cm), as well as some quite-smaller fancy cigarette cases and much more.  To put it simply, it was an amazing experience to be able to view this collection at such close range (literally inches away).  I must admit that when I saw the Romanov portraits on the eggs as well as the beautiful Lilies of the Valley Basket (which you can view at this link: http://www.clevelandart.org/exhibit/faberge/images/big/lilies_in_valley.jpg) that was presented to Empress Alexandra in 1896 and which subsequently sat on her desk in years to follow, I could not restrain a few tears at the thought that the Romanovs themselves were enjoying these luxuries less than a century ago.  It is quite amazing to see such a collection in person and if you have the chance to see a similar show, I shall take a moment to just say that this is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you are one of those admirers of Faberge's artistry.  And of course, in this case, it was also interesting to compare the very different artistic techniques of Tiffany and Lalique, and as usual, the Legion of Honor had beautiful souvenirs in their gift shop, which included stunning Faberge reproductions and a collectors catalog documenting the full extent of the show.

It would be interesting if other users who have viewed a similar Faberge show would share their experiences.

Best,

Stana

Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on July 15, 2009, 10:19:32 PM
I must be really dumb to not have heard of the rose trellis egg before.  I must agree, it's very pretty. 
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Stana_Romanov on July 15, 2009, 11:18:49 PM
First, responding to Anastasia_Spalko: Perhaps I should have worded my message differently.  Let's just say many people have seen the Imperial Rose Trellis Egg and there is nothing wrong with seeing it the first time.  Didn't we all once?  In my opinion, the more people who see it the better.  And yes, it is very pretty.  I would also have to agree with you that the Lilies of the Valley Egg is wonderful and that those flowers are lovely.  If I remember correctly, they were Empress Alexandra's favorite.  [Oh, and btw, I have to compliment you on your banner!  It looks like I_am_Tatianochka designed a beautiful one for you!]

And back to the Faberge topic!  Thank you Leanora for pointing out this website (http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fab/fab00.html), even if you did back in...2004!, which is a nice resource for quick lookups.

When I went to Faberge show, I also saw the Lapis Lazuli Hen Egg, which I like very much.  It is viewable at this link: http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fab/02/fab02.html.

Best,

Stana
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on July 15, 2009, 11:35:17 PM
Faberge should have made more eggs that were simliar to those.  He was a genius, though.  Those eggs are the most useless, beautiful, extraordinary things on the planet that has been man-made.  Oh, and Stana, actually, considering the fact that the Romanovs are my life, i probably should have seen it already. XD  Maybe i have seen that one before, but i can't remeber, because it looks familiar and i have a bad memory. :)
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Stana_Romanov on July 15, 2009, 11:52:03 PM
Faberge was a genius.  He did his job so well though it must have been really hard on him to live to see the Romanovs come to the end they did.  Tragic, actually.

While the eggs might be "useless" in some aspects, they feed our souls and make us happy =D, so...they serve their purpose, even up to the modern day.

Oh, and yes, the Romanovs are my life too.  I won't comment about your memory, =D, but I will just say that when I am busy, sometimes I feel like I my memory is strained.  Thank god for vacations =D!  I am on one now...finally.

Best,

Stana

Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on July 15, 2009, 11:52:34 PM
Commenting on displays of the better and lesser-known Faberge Eggs:  Over the years, I have had the good fortune to unhurriedly view almost all of the well-known Faberge eggs, just inches away from each, on different occasions in exhibitions in/from sites such as Delaware, USA, San Diego, USA, Richmond Museum of Art, USA, the Moscow Kremlin and Windsor Castle.  The Rose Trellis Egg especially amazes one because of its relative smaller size than expected.  (As the years progressed, the Eggs grew bigger and bigger, you will note.)  I looked intensely at the Rose Trellis egg for a LONG time, and if one did not know, you could NOT see how it opened. Wonderful work, indeed. ( Parenthetically, I suppose that one knows that there are actually 2 different "Red Cross" Eggs? )  AP
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Stana_Romanov on July 16, 2009, 12:03:24 AM
It is very nice that you had the opportunity to see many of the eggs as well!  As I noted below, I also had a similar opportunity.  Faberge's artistry is just impeccable.  The perfection of the Imperial Rose Trellis Egg demonstrates that.

It is so wonderful that people can have the opportunity to view these masterpieces with their very own eyes and at such a close range.

Best,

Stana

Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Anastasia Spalko on July 16, 2009, 02:36:01 AM
 Over the years, I have had the good fortune to unhurriedly view almost all of the well-known Faberge eggs, just inches away from each, on different occasions in exhibitions in/from sites such as Delaware, USA, San Diego, USA, Richmond Museum of Art, USA, the Moscow Kremlin and Windsor Castle.

You are so lucky to have seen those..  Amazingly, i'm on vacation and i'm still checking these practically 24/7.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Ena on July 17, 2009, 10:06:21 PM
Commenting on displays of the better and lesser-known Faberge Eggs:  Over the years, I have had the good fortune to unhurriedly view almost all of the well-known Faberge eggs, just inches away from each, on different occasions in exhibitions in/from sites such as Delaware, USA, San Diego, USA, Richmond Museum of Art, USA, the Moscow Kremlin and Windsor Castle.  The Rose Trellis Egg especially amazes one because of its relative smaller size than expected.  (As the years progressed, the Eggs grew bigger and bigger, you will note.)  I looked intensely at the Rose Trellis egg for a LONG time, and if one did not know, you could NOT see how it opened. Wonderful work, indeed. ( Parenthetically, I suppose that one knows that there are actually 2 different "Red Cross" Eggs? )  AP

What an amazing opportunity!  I say this because just recently, it's popped in my mind to do this as well!  I got to see a few of them, all the time, awhile back when they were at the Forbes Gallery.  I have also missed several opportunities to view them too!  I was in Cleveland, Ohio a few years ago and my brain never registered that Fabergé eggs were in the vicinity.

Okay, my favorites are:

Gatchina Egg
Clover Egg
15th Anniversary Egg
Tercentenary Egg
Mosaic Egg

I do like the Danish Palaces egg but that's heightened because of the book about it by Cheboksarova.



Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: Constantinople on March 15, 2010, 05:55:30 AM
My favourite egg is the one made to commemorate the Shtandart, the İmperial yacht.
Title: Re: Favourite Faberge Eggs
Post by: MademoiselleAndrea on July 19, 2010, 08:44:01 PM
They are all so beautiful, detailed and clever. I would have to say my favorite eggs are these: (in no particular order)
Mosaic Egg
Rose Trellis Egg
18 panel egg -- Kelch egg, I know, but still Faberge
Rocaille egg -- another Kelch
Alexander Palace egg
Rennisance egg
Lily-of-the-valley egg
Monogram egg