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Name 12 Panel Egg (or Gold, Enamel and Jeweled Egg, orCelebration Egg)

Date 1899

Provenance Presented by the industrialist Alexander Kelch to his wife Barbara (Varvara) Kelch-Bazanova

Made in St. Petersburg

Work-master N/A

Marks N/A

Media gold, diamonds

Size 9,5 cm tall

Techniques enamel

Kept in The Royal Collection, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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The upper and lower sections of the Egg are each divided into six panels by bands of matt-finished gold, overlaid with rows of pink enamel roses with gold stems and translucent green leaves. A band of rose-cut diamonds set at intervals with rosettes of additional diamonds encircles the Egg at its widest part. Each end of the Egg is finished with concentric circles of diamonds, gold and green enameled leaf motifs and pink enamel. the top end is centered with a medallion bearing the initials B.T.K. in script under a portrait diamond.; the other end has a similar, though smaller medallion showing the date "1899".

This is the only Kelch Egg that was not part of the lot bought by the Paris jeweler Morgan. Probably it was Barbara Kelch's favorite Egg and the one she hold on the longest.

In 1899 presented by Alexander Kelch to his wife Barbara. Somewhere in the 1920's bought by "A La Vieille Russie" in Paris, probably from Barbara Kelch. In 1933 sold by A La Vieille Russie, Paris to (probably) a buyer from England. Christmas 1933 presented by King GeorgeV of England to Queen Mary. 1953 inherited by Queen Elizabeth II.

The surprise in this egg is not known.


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