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Miniature Crown Surprise from the Lapis Lazuli Easter Egg

Miniature Crown Surprise from the Lapis Lazuli Easter Egg

c. 1885–90

Part of a set. See all set records

designer

attributed to Peter Carl Fabergé

(Russian, 1846–1920)

maker

attributed to House of Fabergé

(Russian, 1842–1918)

Gold, enamel, lapis lazuli, pearls, diamonds, rubies

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.436.b

Location

Did you know?

The tiny diamond encrusted crown surprise is a replica of the Russian imperial crown made for Empress Catherine the Great in the 1700s.

Description

This Easter egg, like the subsequent ones produced by Fabergé for the imperial family, contains a surprise when opened. In this case, the egg opens to display a yellow enameled cover, resembling an egg yolk, which then opens to reveal a tiny replica of the Russian imperial crown, containing either a ruby or a pink sapphire suspended on a chain.

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