Swan (Fabergé egg)

Swan Tree Fabergé egg

Faithful replica of the Swan Egg
Year delivered 1906
Customer Tsar Nicholas II, as a gift for Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna
Current owner
Individual or institution Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation, Switzerland
Year of acquisition 1954
Design and materials
Materials used Gold, matt opaque mauve enamel, rose-cut diamonds, portrait diamond
Height 10 cm
Surprise Miniature swan on a "lake" of aquamarine

The Swan Egg is a Fabergé egg, one in a series of fifty-two jewelled eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé. Commissioned in 1906 by Tsar Nicholas II, the egg was presented to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on Easter that year for her 40th wedding anniversary.


The egg is made of mauve enamel, with gold trim. On the exterior is a twisted ribbon trellis design of rose-cut diamonds, as well as a portrait diamond on the top inscribed "1906". Another portrait diamond on the other end once held the Imperial monograph.[1] The "surprise" that came inside the egg is a miniature gold and silver swan on a "lake" of aquamarine. By winding a gear beneath one of the wings, the swan's mechanical neck and wings move.[1] In Russia, the swan is considered a symbol of family life and the permanence of the bond of marriage.

The miniature swan is modeled after James Cox’s Silver Swan, an automaton dating from the 18th Century, now housed in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, County Durham, England. Fabergé probably saw the automaton when it was in display in Paris at the International Exposition of 1867 (World's fair).[2]


This egg belongs to the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland.


  1. 1 2 Mieks (2007-09-09). "1906 Swan Egg". Mieks Fabergé Eggs. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  2. Will Lowes and Christel Ludewig McCanless (2001), Fabergé Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia, Scarecrow Press, ISBN 9780810839465, p. 86.
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