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NameMauve Enamel Egg (surprise only - the egg is lost)


ProvenancePresented by Nicholas II to Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna

Made inSt. Petersburg

Work-masterUnknown, probably Mikhail Perkhin or Kollin


Mediagold, diamonds, sapphire, agate, ruby

Sizesurprise: 8,2 cm tall

Techniquesenamel, water color on ivory

Kept inSurprise - Victor Vekselberg's collection, Moscow, Russia. Whereabouts of the egg, unknown
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eggThe 1897 Mauve Egg, also known as Mauve Egg with 3 miniatures, was probably made of gold and mauve enamel.

Research in the Russian State Historical Archives in Moscow shows that the surprise in the Mauve Egg was heart-shaped and there is a strong suggestion that it may be the heart-shaped frame included in the Forbes Magazine Collection, (now Vekselberg Foundation). The frame is set with the date 1897 in rose-cut diamonds and opens as a three-leaf clover with each leave holding a photograph, Nicholas II, Alexandra Fyodorovna and their baby daughter Grand Duchess Olga.

There is no mention of the Mauve Egg in either the 1917 or 1922 inventories of confiscated Imperial treasure. This suggests the Egg had been removed before 1917, perhaps by Maria Fyodorovna herself.

A Fabergé "ornament" was lent by Grand Duchess Xenia, daughter of Maria Fyodorovna, in the 1935 Exhibition of "Russian Art" at Belgrave Square in London. The exhibition catalog mentions an "Easter Egg; miniature of Empress Alexandra and Grand Duchess Olga". Nicholas II was not mentioned.

inIf this miniature frame is indeed the surprise from the 1897 Mauve Egg, the fact that the date is marked on the surprise and not on the Egg itself, could be an explanation why the "early Eggs" were not dated. It is possible that the surprises in those Eggs were dated.

1978 the heart surprise was sold by Christie's (Geneva) to the Forbes Magazine Collection, New York. 2004 Sold by the Forbes' family to the Vekselberg Foundation/The Link of Times-Collection, Russia. (Source:


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