November 19, 2018

Vienna to Exhibit Russian Golden Eggs

An egg is simply an egg if it is plain and cooked but not when it’s made of gold. Previous golden eggs from Russia will make their way to Vienna next month where they will  be displayed in an exhibition.

The Moscow Museums will showcase more than 160 objects at the Art History Museum in the Austrian capital. Called “The World of Faberge,” the star of this exhibit are the four imperial Easter Eggs made of gold. 

Peter Carl Faberge is the man behind these beautiful bejewelled golden eggs which he created for the last Russian tsars at the beginning of the 20th century. They have been a top attraction in the Russian capital’s art history museum. 

In the past during the reign of the monarchy, these decorated golden eggs were said to be given as gifts between members of the royal family. The very first bejewelled egg was created in 1885 for Empress Maria Fedorovna who was the wife of Tsar Alexander III.

With its great success, Faberge was later hired by the Tsar through a royal appointment to become its goldsmith. For 20 long years, he got involved in making those golden eggs resulting in the growth of his own company. 

The Constellation eggs were the last ones created for Alexandra Feodorovna, the Tsar’s wife. Unfortunately, they were not completed due to the Russian Revolution. 

Also to be displayed during The World of Faberge exhibit that will run for three months are paintings, jewels and other valuables previously owned by the Imperial Romanov family in Russia. They will be showcased at the Kunsthistorisches Museum situated on Maria-Theresien Platz. 

 

 

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