Mauve (Fabergé egg)
|Mauve Fabergé egg|
|Individual or institution||Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia (surprise only)|
|Year of acquisition||2004|
|Design and materials|
|Materials used||Rose-cut diamonds, strawberry red, green and white enamel, pearls and watercolor on ivory|
|Height||82 millimetres (3.2 in)|
|Surprise||A heart shaped photo frame|
The Mauve egg is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé in 1897, for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented it to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna on April 18, 1897.
The surprise is a heart shaped photo frame that opened as a three-leaf clover with each leaf containing three miniature portraits of Nicholas II, his wife, the Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna, and their first child, Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. It was made of rose-cut diamonds, strawberry red, green and white enamel, pearls and watercolour on ivory. The surprise is now on display in the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
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