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Fabergé original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

Fabergé original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks

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Original pen and ink and watercolour illustration by Rosie Brooks. Price includes worldwide shipping.

A Fabergé egg is a jeweled Easter egg created by the House of Fabergé, a jewelry firm founded in St. Petersburg, Russia in the late 19th century. The firm was known for creating exquisite objects, particularly eggs, that were often given as gifts by the Russian imperial family and other wealthy clients.

The first Fabergé egg was commissioned by Tsar Alexander III of Russia in 1885 as an Easter gift for his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. The egg was made of gold and enameled in white, with a hidden surprise inside: a golden yolk that opened to reveal a miniature hen and a tiny diamond replica of the imperial crown. This began a tradition of the imperial family commissioning a new Fabergé egg each year, with each egg becoming increasingly elaborate and incorporating more precious materials such as diamonds, pearls, and colored gemstones.

In total, the House of Fabergé created 50 imperial eggs between 1885 and 1917, with only 43 of them surviving to the present day. In addition to the imperial eggs, Fabergé also created a number of other egg-shaped objects, including miniature eggs and larger decorative eggs for clients outside of the Russian imperial family.

Today, Fabergé eggs are highly sought-after by collectors and are considered some of the most valuable and prestigious works of decorative art in the world.

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