суббота, 23 февраля 2013 г.

Carl Fabergу (1846 – 1920) - Cuckoo (Cockerel) Egg

Cuckoo Egg - Varicolored gold, enamel, diamonds, rubies, pearls, feathers Height 8 inches; 20.3 cm open Marks Fabergé, initials of work master Michael Perchin, assay-mark of St. Petersburg 1896-1908, 56 (zolotnik), dated 1900. 

 Presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on Easter 1900, this egg in the form of a Baroque table clock is enameled violet over a guilloché zigzag ground. Embellished with ornate motifs, the diamond-set dial is wreathed by seed pearls and set against a panel of white enamel enveloped by gold foliage, pearls and diamonds. 

If the Dowager Empress wanted to reveal the hidden treasure within, she simply needed to press the button at the top rear of the egg to open the circular gold grille and a naturally plumed cockerel would emerge crowing and flapping its wings.

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