The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of July 30, 2016

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg, 1915

gold, silver, enamel, glass, Overall: 8.60 x 6.35 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 inches). The India Early Minshall Collection 1963.673

The House of Fabergé made two imperial Easter eggs in 1915 that honored the contributions of Tsarina Alexandra and her two eldest daughters, Olga and Tatiana, to the war effort as Red Cross Sisters of Mercy. The Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg becomes an icon when opened, revealing miniatures of the patron saints of the tsarina’s daughters.
The India Early Minshall Collection 1963.673

inscribed (interior of egg): symbols for Alpha and Omega and imperial crown for Alexandra Feodorovna; 1915; inscriptions in Cyrillic, Old Church Slavonic, and Roman letters which identify Sts. Olga and Tatiana and presumably describe the central scene of the triptych. Inscribed (on velvet case): double-headed eagle, Fabergé, Petersburg, Moscow, London, all in Cyrillic on lining of case; 17.559, abbreviation for "Red Cross" in Cyrillic in ink on outside of case.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (2/12/96-4/28/96); The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (5/25/96-7/28/96); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (8/24/96-11/2/96); New Orleans Museum of Art (12/7/96-2/8/97); The Cleveland Museum of Art (3/9/97-5/11/97). "Fabergé in America," exh. cat. no. 99, p. 115; pp. 23, 96, 97, 98, 124,color repr. p. 115; repr. p. 97.
Portland Musuem of Art, OR (2/8/2004 - 5/2/2004): "Fabergé's Menagerie: The Animal Creations of the Fabergé Workshop"
The Cleveland Museum of Art (10/19/2008 - 1/18/2009) and the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (2/7/2009 - 5/31/2009): "Artistic Luxury: Fabergé Tiffany Lalique"
Museum & Gallery at Herirage Green, Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC (10/21/2011 - 1/29/2012): "From Rublev to Fabergé: The Journey of Russian Art and Culture to America"
Detroit Institute of Art (10/14/2012 - 1/13/2013): "Fabergé: Designing Luxury, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts"

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