Easter egg, Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903)
yellow gold and jewelled enamel, twelve panels of translucent pink and opaque guilloché enamel with blue ribbon moss agate and rose and foliate motifs, set with rose diamonds; Mrs Kelch's initials under portrait diamond, (surprise missing). With modern perspex stand. In 1898 Alexander Kelch, a wealthy Russian of noble birth involved in mining enterprises in Siberia, commissioned a series of seven Easter eggs from Fabergé which were as lavish as those made for the imperial family. In early documentation four of the seven eggs were thought to be missing imperial eggs, but that was discounted when original invoices for the imperial eggs came to light. All seven of the Kelch eggs were made in the workshop of Michael Perchin. This egg is the second of the series and bears the initials of Kelch’s wife Barbara under a portrait diamond at the top and the date 1899 at the bottom.