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The Missing Valuable Faberge Eggs

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History of the Faberge Eggs. Still missing are eight eggs, and as recently as 2014, one was found in America.

Famed Faberge Eggs

Famed Faberge Eggs

One of The Missing Eight Faberge Eggs Found

One has now been found of the original fifty Faberge Eggs made exclusively for the Romanov Imperial Family. One has now been found in 2014. An anonymous buyer at a flea market in the midwest of America bought an unusual jeweled object de art intending to melt it down and sell the jewels but decided to research this unique piece. He believed he found the Third Imperial Faberge Egg, given to the Royal Imperial Family in 1887. This find was authenticated by Kieran McCarthy, a Faberge dealer in London. The value of this find was set at 33 million dollars. Today it is in a private collection. This egg was an 18-carat gold case with sapphires in gold bows set with tiny diamonds and a large diamond on the front that when pressed, the lid opens to reveal the surprise of a 14-carat gold Vacheron Constantin Ladies watch

Faberge Egg, Third Imperial

Faberge Egg, Third Imperial

Faberge Eggs

Faberge Eggs have fascinated researchers, collectors, history buffs, authors, and the public for years. The eggs are such rare pieces of art it is hard not to be mesmerized by them.

Faberge Eggs are so intricate that only the very skilled goldsmiths could even attempt them. Without a doubt, they are to be treasured.

The eggs made specifically for the Royal Romanoff imperial Family have so much history as they relate to the imprisonment and slaughter of the Romanoff family. It is a tragic loss and cover-up of the BolBolsheviks murders and disposal of the bodies.

The Faberge Company

Gustav Faberge (1814-1894) founded the famed House of Faberge in 1842, but his son Peter Carl Faberge literally brought immense fame to the company. Over the years, Tsar Alexander III Romanov began commissioning Faberge Eggs as a gift for his wife Maria Feodorova each Easter. Alexander's son, Nicholas II, also continued the tradition for his wife, Alexander Feodorova.

Each egg took over a year to craft by Peter Faberge, a master goldsmith with enameling layers embedded with sapphires, diamonds, and rubies, each with a surprise as required by the Tsar.

Beginning in 1885 until 1917, when the Russian Revolution and the Bolsheviks confiscated masses of possessions of the Royal Imperial Family, sending them to Moscow. Then, Tsar Nicholas II and his family were imprisoned against their will.

The Russian Revolution resulted from inflation, food shortages, WW I, and the inability of Nicholas II to govern his starving people, himself living in luxury. As a result, Nicholas and his entire family were captured and murdered, ending the Romanoff dynasty 300 years.

As a result, eight of the Faberge Eggs made specifically for the Royal Imperial Family are still missing. Along with the end of the dynasty, the Faberge Company and its fame were lost to communism. At the time, the company issued a statement describing it as "the swan song." Peter Faberge and his family fled to Switzerland, where he died in 1920 apparently of a broken heart for his beloved Russia.

The House of Faberge crafted other sought-after art objects for the public, such as jewelry, silver sets, and other eggs that were not as elaborate as those for the Royal Imperial Family.


The Missing Faberge Eggs

Eight Missing Faberge Eggs

  • 1886 Hen Egg with sapphire pendant
  • 1888 Cherub with chariot
  • 1889 Necessaires
  • 1896 Alexander III
  • 1897 Mauve Enamel
  • 1902 Empire Nephrite
  • 1903 Danish Jubilee
  • 1906 Alexander


Cherub Faberge Egg

Cherub Faberge Egg

Necessaires Faberge Egg

Necessaires Faberge Egg

Alexander Faberge Egg

Alexander Faberge Egg

Empire Nephrite Faberge Egg

Empire Nephrite Faberge Egg

Danish Jubilee Faberge Egg

Danish Jubilee Faberge Egg

Locations of Faberge Eggs on Display

  • 10 Faberge Eggs are displayed at the Kremlin Armoury Museum, Moscow
  • 9 Faberge Eggs displayed at the Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg,
  • 5 Faberge Eggs displayed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, Va
  • 3 Faberge Eggs displayed at the Royal Collection, London
  • 3 Faberge Eggs displayed at the Metro Museum, New York
  • 2 Faberge Eggs displayed in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2 Faberge Eggs displayed at the Hillwood Estates, Washington, D.C.
  • 1 Faberge Egg displayed at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Md.
  • 1 Faberge Egg displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art
  • 1 Faberge Egg displayed in the Prince Rainer Collection, Monaco
  • 1 Faberge Egg in a private collection.


Comments

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 20, 2021:

Thanks for visiting Joanne and I'm going on a treasure hunt!

Joanne Hayle from Wiltshire, U.K. on August 20, 2021:

Wonderful interesting write. The Faberge eggs are exquisite, I doubt whether the missing ones will ever be found but here's hoping!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2021:

Many years ago, at our Houston Museum of Natural Science, there was a traveling exhibit which included several Faberge Eggs. It was a treat to get to see them in person. It is also a treat to get to see those photos of some of the missing ones. Thanks for writing this article.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 20, 2021:

Rosina, thanks for visiting and especially your comment. I appreciate it.

Rosina S Khan on August 19, 2021:

The Faberge Eggs seem amazing. I thoroughly loved the photos and their descriptions. Thanks for sharing this intriguing article, Fran.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 19, 2021:

Great article. Those eggs look quite impressive.

No doubt the only time I will see them is in pictures.

I wonder if he got anything for finding the egg af the flea market?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 19, 2021:

Though I had heard of the Faberge eggs, I didn't know anything about them until I read your article. Thanks for sharing the interesting information, Fran.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 19, 2021:

Pamela, thanks for your visit and so glad you liked the article.

fran rooks (author) from Toledo, Ohio on August 19, 2021:

Thank you for visiting. I appreciate your visit so much.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 19, 2021:

This is fascinating. I always assumed that the Faberge family came originally from France or a French-speaking area.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 19, 2021:

I have read about the Faberge eggs before, but I did not know many of these details. This is such an interesting article, Fran. Thanks for sharing this fascinating information.

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