Renaissance (Fabergé egg)
|Renaissance Fabergé egg|
|Individual or institution||Viktor Vekselberg|
|Year of acquisition||2004|
|Design and materials|
The Renaissance egg is a jewelled agate Easter egg made by Michael Perchin under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1894. The egg was made for Alexander III of Russia, who presented it to his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna.
The surprise is lost, but it has been speculated that the surprise was pearls. Another theory, advanced by Christopher Forbes, is that the surprise for the Renaissance egg is the Resurrection egg, which perfectly fits the curvature of the Renaissance Egg's shell and has a similar decoration in enamel on the base. It was also shown at the same 1902 showcase at the Renaissance Egg. The Resurrection egg has no inventory number, which would speak in favour of this theory.
Alexander III was billed 4,750 rubles for the Renaissance egg, and it was confiscated by the Russian Provisional Government in 1917. It was sold alongside nine other eggs for 1,500 rubles to Armand Hammer.
Attempting to give their Fabergé collection to the Metropolitan Museum, the Linskys were rebuffed, as the museum stated it was not interested in "Edwardian decorative trivia". The egg was then sold to the Manhattan antique dealers A La Vieille Russie, where it was purchased by Malcolm Forbes for his collection on May 15, 1965.
The Forbes Collection was sold in 2004 to Viktor Vekselberg. Vekselberg purchased some nine Imperial eggs, as part of the collection, for almost $100 million.
- A detailed article on the 'Renaissance' Egg, from imperialtresuresofrussia.com