Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg

1915

designer

Peter Carl Fabergé

(Russian, 1846-1920)

workmaster

Henrik Wigström

(Russian, 1862-1923)

maker

House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Gold, silver, enamel, glass, ivory

Overall: 8.6 x 6.4 cm (3 3/8 x 2 1/2 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1963.673

Location

Fun Fact

This egg was confiscated by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution and sold by the government of Josef Stalin in the 1930s to raise money for the Russian treasury.

Description

Commissioned to honor Empress Alexandra's founding of the Red Cross in Russia at the start of the First World War, and both she and her daughters Olga and Tatiana's commitment to war-time service, this egg is poignant in its design. Compared to other Fabergé eggs elaborately ornamented with jewels, the egg reflects the mood of austerity in Russia during World War I with its design of two simple red enamel crosses, featuring miniatures of the tsar’s daughters Olga and Tatiana, over a white enamel background. When opened, the egg reveals a depiction of Christ's resurrection flanked by the patron saints of the two girls.

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