Constellation (Fabergé egg)
|Constellation Fabergé egg|
Unfinished egg from Fersman Mineralogical Museum
|Year delivered||Unfinished (1917)|
|Individual or institution||Fersman Mineralogical Museum / Faberge Museum|
|Year of acquisition||2001 / late 1990s|
|Design and materials|
|Materials used||Glass, diamond, crystal|
The Constellation Egg is one of two Easter eggs designed under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé in 1917, for the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. It was the last Fabergé egg designed. It remains unfinished.
The egg, as it is known from 1917 document, was made of blue glass with a crystal base, and the Leo sign of the zodiac is engraved on the glass. (The heir to the Russian throne, Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, was a Leo). There are stars that are marked by diamonds, and there is a clock mechanism inside the egg.
In 2001, a similar item was discovered in the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow, and experts believe it to be an unfinished egg made by Faberge. It is an unfinished item without diamonds. The inspiration for the egg, a clock by Augustin Pajou, the Parisian Neoclassical sculptor has been identified by Kieran McCarthy of Wartski, London.
Russian millionaire Alexander Ivanov claims that he owns the original (and finished) egg. In 2003–2004 he said that he acquired this egg in the late 1990s and affirms that "the Fersman Museum erroneously continues to claim that it has the original egg. Experts and their research clearly support the Alexander Ivanov's egg as genuine." Russian museum authorities considered this as nonsense and fake. His egg is now in the Faberge Museum in Baden-Baden, which houses part of his Faberge collection.
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- Карл Фаберже и мастера камнерезного дела. Самоцветные сокровища России. // Carl Faberge and masters of stone carving. Russian gems. Catalogue of the exhibition in Kremlin, Moscow. 2011. P. 62.
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- Sketch of Egg: 
- An article on the origin of the design for the Constellation Egg. Wartski, London