The Winter Egg, Fabergé
The Mosaic Egg, Fabergé
The Colonnade Egg, Fabergé
The Moscow Kremlin Egg & The Swan Egg
The Alexander Palace Egg, Fabergé
The Alexander Palace Egg & The Colonnade Egg
Romanov Tercentenary Egg, Fabergé
The Peacock Egg, Fabergé
Basket of flowers egg, Fabergé
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A kaleidoscopic of 15 Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

The most anticipated display in the exhibition Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, is the kaleidoscopic display of fifteen of the famous and iconic Imperial Easter Eggs that were created for the Russian royal family.

From 1885 to 1916, master goldsmith Carl Fabergé delivered fifty fabulously bejewelled eggs to the Russian Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. Ten were produced from 1885 to 1893 as gifts for Emperor Alexander III’s wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna. He then created forty more during the reign of Emperor Nicholas II, who had two of each produced each year to give to his mother, Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, and his wife, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

These exquisite eggs are part of a showcase of over 200 objects in the exhibition that tells the story of Carl Fabergé, the man, and his internationally recognised firm that symbolised Russian craftsmanship and elegance – an association further strengthened by its connection to the romance, glamour and opulence of the Russian Imperial family.

Text & Photographs Courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum