an Imperial Egg but certainly one of the most
beautiful Eggs ever made by Fabergé,
this Egg was made for Varvara Bazenov Kelkh,
the daughter of a major industrialist who owned
diamond mines, shipping lines, gold mines, railways
and other companies in the late 1800's and early
The Kelkh family was the only
family that collected Eggs in quantity other
than the Tsars and their families. The Kelkhs
commissioned 7 Easter Eggs from Fabergé
and the Pine Cone Egg was one of them. The Pine
Cone is made of a deep blue translucent enamel
over a guilloché ground that gives enormous
life to the rich blue. It is almost as though
the piece is back lighted from within.
Layered over the enamel are discs
that suggest overlap and all the discs are bordered
in diamonds. At the apex of the Egg there are
four larger stones. Inside the Egg is lined
in eggshell velvet and resting in it is - The
Surprise! A tiny but perfect elephant made of
metal. He has a large stone set just above his
trunk and is dressed in a howdah of brilliant
red enamel guilloché that is set with
several larger diamonds.
Astride the howdah is the mahout
holding his prod.The howdah removes to reveal
a hidden miniature of the Egg on a delicate
gold chain. The original Surprise was mechanized
and came with a gold key. When wound the elephant
walked with a swaying motion and moved his trunk.
The Egg stands on a tripod of gold plated sterling
silver that cradles it.
Our price: $2500.00. In my opinion one of the most beautiful Eggs
that was made. Fanciful and a perfect confection!