The Fifteenth Anniversary Egg. The opalescent and opaque white enamel egg is encased
within a grid-shaped cage work of gold and green enamel garlands which frame eighteen
scenes painted by court miniaturist Vassily Zuiev. Some of the events of Tsar
Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra's reign over the past fifteen years are recorded
in these historical vignettes. Individual portraits of the czarina, her husband
and their five children each set within oval-shaped apertures bordered by diamonds.
The dates of Nicholas and Alexandra's wedding, 1894, and the fifteenth anniversary
of the Coronation, 1911, are set beneath the portraits of the Tsarina and the
Tsar respectively. Beneath a table diamond at the top of the egg is the crowned
monogram of Tsarina Alexandra; the base is set with a rose-cut diamond - signed
Fabergé, height 5 1/8 inches (13 cm)
Provenance: Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna on Easter
1911. It stood on the middle shelf of a corner cabinet in the Tsarina's study
at the Alexander Palace
The FORBES Magazine Collection, New York.
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