Rothschild (Fabergé egg)

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The Rothschild egg is a jewelled, enameled decorated egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1902 by the workshop of Michael Perchin,[1] for Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, who presented the egg to Germaine Halphen upon her engagement to Béatrice's younger brother, Édouard Alphonse James de Rothschild.[2]

Surprise[edit]

Upon the hour, a diamond set cockerel pops up from the top of the egg, flaps its wings four times, nods his head three times, crowing all the while. This lasts fifteen seconds, before the clock strikes the hour on a bell.[3]

Similarities with Kelch Chanticleer egg[edit]

As one of only four eggs with an ornamentation surprise and a clock, similarities have been drawn with the 1904 Kelch Chanticleer egg.[2]

History[edit]

It is one of the few eggs that was not made for the Russian Imperial family, and had been in the Rothschild family since 1905. It was one of the most expensive eggs that Fabergé had ever made and sold.

2007 sale[edit]

It was sold by Christie's auction house on 28 November 2007, for £8.9 million (including commission).[4] The price achieved by the egg set three auction records: it is the most expensive timepiece, Russian object, and Fabergé object ever sold at auction, surpassing the $9.6 million sale of the 1913 Winter egg in 2002.[4][5]

The egg was bought by Alexander Ivanov, the director of the Russian National Museum. "It's one of the most beautiful, valuable and most intricate Fabergé eggs ever," Ivanov said, as well as adding that "We didn't have investors, and this egg will go into the private museum which we are building in downtown Moscow. We will not resell it."[5] The Rothschild egg was eventually displayed at Ivanov's Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany.

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