Mieks

Fabergé Eggs are so beautiful and it is such a pity that paper (or web pages) cannot show you the sheer beauty of them. You have to go to museums and exhibitions to really see and feel the beauty.

When I saw my first Egg in Berlin in 2004 I was so moved; the Eggs seemed to live, the glitter and shining, they were so much more beautiful and totally different than I had imagined.

To see the Eggs you will have to travel the world. If you are lucky there might be an exhibition in your country or in a country nearby. You will have to visit musea all over the world, and still some Eggs you will not see for they are in private collections.

But not everyone can travel and so I am very pleased to show you what I have assembled on the internet. Earlier I had Flash movies on this page, but all the problems with that program made me search for something else. Fortunately there are some very, very nice movies on YouTube, and everyone should be able to see those. These little movies will give you an idea how the Eggs look, seeing them from different angles. You might even see a diamond glitter or sparkle from time to time!

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A very interesting and beautiful YouTube movie the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg put on YouTube. The eight Imperial and one Kelch Easter Eggs are shown in front of the camera, in close-up, showing details that I never had seen before. You can see too how the Eggs open, how the surprises move and how they fit in the Egg.

These nine Eggs in the move are: (sequence they appear)

1985 First Hen Egg
1897 Coronation Egg
1911 Bay Tree Egg
1895 Rosebud Egg
1898 Lily of the Valley Egg
1900 Cuckoo Clock Egg
1894 Renaissance Egg
1898 Kelch Hen Egg
1916 Order of St.George Egg

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1897 Coronation Egg(while Forbes Collection)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has their five Eggs online too. Here they are:

1896 Egg with Revolving Miniatures

1898 Pelican Egg

1903 Peter the Great Egg

1912 Tsarevich Egg

1915 Red Cross Portraits Egg

The Royal Collection Queen Elizabeth II:

1901 Basket of Flowers Egg (Vimeo)

1914 Mosaic Egg (YouTube)

A Fabergé Surprise - 1892 Diamond Trellis Egg Elephant. 1914 Mosaic Egg on view too (Vimeo)

Cleveland Museum of Arts

1915 Red Cross Triptich Egg

Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz Les Oeufs Fabergé

Miscellaneous

1887 Third Imperial Egg (BBC)

1911 15th Anniversary Egg (YouTube)

1902 Rothshild Egg (Christie's)

1902 Rothschild Egg Auction (RT)

1913 Winter Egg (AP)

1913 Winter Egg Auction 2002 (Christie's)

The Peacock Clock in the Hermitage Museum is generally accepted to be a source of inspiration for Fabergé's 1908 Peacock Egg. Clock you can see in motion here. (Courtesy Juan F. Déniz)\

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Old black and white Pathé and British Movietone News reels where you can see Egs:

British Pathe  Movietone

The Russian Crown Jewels - British Pathé 1926
Various Eggs while on sale in Moscow,
including the pelican automaton from the 1908 Pelican Egg

Jewels! - British Pathé 1933
1912 Tsarevich Egg
1890 Danish Palaces Egg
1915 Red Cross Portraits Egg

Romanoff Jewels Gravitate to U.S. - British Movietone 1933
1912 Tsarevich Egg
1890 Danish Palaces Egg

Treasures Of Czar's Collection Are Now On Show In New York - British Movietone News 1937
1896 Egg with Revolving Miniatures
1890 Danish Palaces Egg

Tsar's Eggs 1950 - British Pathé
1897 Coronation Egg
1898 Lilies of the Valley Egg
1900 Cuckoo Clock Egg

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Documentaries

On YouTube there are a LOT of movies, documentaries and "whathaveyou"! Many display a combination between old and "new" Fabergé but there are some really good ones too.

Here are some I think are very good:

The Czar's Fabergé Eggs - Documentary (in 5 parts). With Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Christopher Forbes, Margaret Kelly Trombly, Robert Massie, John Traina and Anne Odom. Very worthwhile! (1998)
Part 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M67LPSU_vdk
Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUO8YIpDvSo
Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3dVjDJR_rI
Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSgwx4aN_aQ
Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k5sgFEkX3E

Treasures of the World (1999): 3. The Fabergé Eggs Mementos of a Doomed Dynasty /4 The Notorious Hope Diamond - Fabergé starts at 1.56 minutes. Click here!

Fabergé - Ostereier für die Zaren - Bernd Boehm in Association with ARTE. Berlin, Germany: Boehm-Lutz Filmproduktion, 2009. (In German)Produced for German and French television audiences the story of Fabergé is told by an actor portraying Karl Fabergé. A majority of the 50 known Fabergé Easter eggs scattered in museums and private collections are shown as the story of Nicholas and Alexandra unfolds. Two fictional eggs shown in the scenes from the movies, Octopussy (2003) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004), are appended at the end along with footage for The Forbes Magazine Collection sale and the auction of the 1902 Rothschild Egg. (Description courtesy Fabergé Research Site)

Karl Fabergé and the Russian Imperial Family - Dr Géza von Habsburg - July 14, 2011 for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Fabergé Revealed. ... scholarly hour long presentation!

 

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Page updated: January 18, 2017