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Antique Fabergé  Russian Silver Enamel Easter Egg
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Authentic Antique Imperial Russian silver and enamel Easter Egg made by the best Fabergé workmaster Perchin Mikhail (1860-1903). DETAILS: stamped on the suspension ring with the signature in the Cyrillic alphabet "MP", beautifully covered by white enamel with a green and blue enamelled traditional Russian garland pattern with red crosses on the sides. Faberge Eggs were made by various goldsmiths employed in a Faberge workshop. The first Fabergé Easter Egg was made in 1885 by Michel Perchin, (Mikhail Perikhin), in 1886 at the age of 26 this skilled craftsman, a self-taught goldsmith from a peasant background from the town of Pctorvskiy Zavod, became chief foreman of the Fabergé firm. Until his death in 1903, his initials were put on all surprise eggs of the firm made for Emperor Alexander III and Nicholas II. The first egg made by Perchin (Perikhin) consisted of an ivory shell with stripes of dark blue enamel; in the shell there was a golden-with-enamel hen with ruby eyes. Inside the hen there was a golden crown inlaid with pearl, and inside the crown there was a golden ring. It was precisely in 1885 that the tradition of annually giving Fabergé Easter eggs was born.
REFERENSES: (1) “Faberge-Court Jeweler to the Tsar” by G.von Habsburg-Lothringen A.von Solodkoff, Page 153. (2) “Russian Gold and Silverwork 17th-19th century” by Alexander Von Solodkoff.
MEASUREMENTS: 2, 7 cm (1 1/8 inches) tall including the ring. Weight: 6 grams.
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