In three colors gold and enameled translucent royal blue, the Egg is surmounted by an Imperial crown, set with faceted sapphires and diamonds. The egg rests on a swirled gold pedestal that fans out into a cup like formation of acanthus leaves.
The Egg now contains a small agate rabbit set with ruby eyes. Probably the original surprise was made of moonstone.
While the body of this Egg is by Fabergé, there are doubts about the Imperial crown and the rabbit surprise. It is suspected that the Egg as it is today is much changed from its original appearance.
Hallmarks put the year of production in the six year span, approximately 1885 - 1891. 1921 bought by Alexander Tillander, a Finnish Jeweler. 1924 sold to a Mr. Popper in Budapest. In 1953 the Hammer Galleries, New York. 1962 Collection Stavros S. Niarchos, Paris, 1996, Estate of the late Stavros S. Niarchos, Paris.