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NameBlue Serpent Clock Egg

Date1895

ProvenancePresented by Alexander III to Czarina Maria Fyodorovna

Made inSt. Petersburg

Work-masterMichael Perkhin

MarksM. P. in cyrillic, 56, crossed anchors and scepter

Mediagold, enamel, diamonds, sapphires

Size18,3 cm tall

Techniquestranslucent royal blue and opaque white enamel, guilloche

Kept inPrince Albert II of Monaco Collection, Monte-Carlo, Monaco
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eggDesigned as a clock in the Sèvres tradition, the Serpent Clock Egg costed 2,160 rubles to the Czar. The serpent winds around the pedestal of the egg and serves as tha clock's hand. The time can be read on the upper eggshell, which hs a rotating clock face. The egg stands on a base of gold that is painted in opalescent white enamel. The three panels of the base feature motifs of raised gold in four colors, representing the arts and sciences.

In 1927 bought by Michel Norman of the Paris-based Australian Pearl Company, probably from a Russian official of the Antikvariat. In 1950 bought by Wartski, London. In 1972 sold to shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos. The Egg entered the Princely Collection of Monaco in 1974, as a gift to Prince Rainier III in honor of his Silver Jubilee - the 25th anniversary of his accession to the Grimaldi throne.

inThis egg has no known surprise, most likely because the egg itself is a working clock.It is very similar to the "Duchess of Marlborough egg" (see).

The Blue Serpent Clock Egg was long thought to be the 1887 Egg. New research (November 2008) however, proves that this egg belongs to the Fabrgé invoice for the year 1895.

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