Description On April 22, 1907, Tsar Nicholas II presented this egg to his wife, Alexandra Fedorovna, to commemorate the birth of the tsarevich, Alexei Nicholaievich, three years earlier. Because of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904, no Imperial Easter eggs had been produced for two years. The egg contained as a surprise a diamond necklace and an ivory miniature portrait of the tsarevich framed in diamonds (now lost). Fabergé's invoice, dated April 21, 1907, listed the egg at 8,300 rubles.
|5/02/1977||Examination||examined for loan|
- Objects of Vertu: Precious Works of the Eighteenth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
- Fabergé in America. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. 1996-1997.
- Carl Fabergé. Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. 1997.
- The Fabergé Menagerie. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus; Portland Art Museum, Portland. 2003-2004.
- Artistic Luxury. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco. 2008-2009.
Provenance Tsar Nicholas II, Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg, April 21, 1907, by purchase; Tsarina Alexandra Fedorovna, Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg, April 22, 1907, by gift; Kremlin Armory, 1917 [transferred by the Kerensky government from the palace to the armory]; Alexandre Polovtsoff, Paris; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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