Constellation (Fabergé egg)
|Constellation Fabergé egg|
Unfinished egg from Fersman Mineralogical Museum
|Year delivered||Unfinished (1917)|
|Recipient||Alexandra Feodorovna (Alix of Hesse)|
|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 a 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 Fabergé. It is an unfinished item without diamonds. In recent years there have been several suggested sources of inspiration for the piece.
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." Western authorities do not agree. However, Mr Ivanov's egg is in the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden, which houses part of his Fabergé collection.
- 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.
- The Blue Constellation Egg and the Golden Age of Pictorial Star Atlases[dead link]
- See photo
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- The piece is part of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum collection, Moscow[permanent dead link]
- Description and history of the object