Fabergé was one of the most important jewellery maisons in the 19th century.
The Easter Eggs made for the last Russian Tsars in his workshops are the custodians of his legacy. 52 works of art in miniature, small wonders that together, show us a great masterpiece. I look forward to seeing the collection reunited one day.
They were born with a clear message: to remind us the opportunity we all have to evolve and to be reborn into a new life. And with the mission of touching the heart of the two women who wrote the last page of a family lineage that ruled a country for more than three hundred years. His most distinguished clients: Dagmar and Alix, mother and daughter-in-law, respectively renamed Maria and Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova.
Therefore the 52 Imperial Easter Eggs are a chapter in the history of Russia and at the same time, a private family journal.
Secrets and Hidden Surprises
Each year the recipients were fascinated to discover the delicate and personal messages and played like little girls to find the secrets and hidden surprises. A camouflaged button opened the tiny medallions showing the portraits of their children or their most beloved relatives…the golden key that gets the most famous train in the world, the Trans-Siberian, moving: more than nine thousand kilometres of railroad reduced to the size of the palm of the hand… a sapphire pendant as a wedding anniversary gift.
Fabergé evoked in María the nostalgia for her homeland with a miniature elephant made of ivory. He recreated for Alexandra the roses and the lilies of the valley (her favorites, the ones she used each spring to decorate her rooms) with pearls, diamonds, enamels, watercolors and gold. He celebrated the long-awaited birth of a son, Alexei, building a temple of love of protective bowenite. And above all, he always paid attention even to the most imperceptible detail, like removing the red color from the Eggs to avoid the pain of a mother who knew her son’s hemophilia was already predicting a sad end for the last heir to the Romanov’s throne.
Using the shape and the symbolism of eggs, Fabergé left us his own personal tribute to the Romanov family, to the history of an era. A journey through the palaces, monuments, cities and landscapes… their social and philanthropic work… the memory of the family’s most influential ancestors, Peter and Catherine… the cathedral where all Russian Tsars were crowned and where cherubim chants are played when a clockwork mechanism is wound up by a gold key …
Their Legacy Makes Them Masterpieces
For a hundred years, the popularity of this imperial collection has been increasing due to both its artistic and economic value, always linked to the myth of Anastasia and the murder of the family in 1917. Mysteries and legends have made these unique pieces escalate to multimillion-dollar prices.
That certainly makes them valuable, but it is their legacy that makes them a masterpiece. And it still is, there, sleeping, waiting for the right moment to show its light again.
Guided by his personal vision and his deep love for culture, Carl Fabergé led an immeasurable talented team of master craftsmen and artists to create tiny exquisite structures in perfect balance and harmony. Their outer beauty attracts but is what’s inside that we find the secret message, the final present, the most sublime piece.
Core of His Legacy
That is the core of his legacy: hope for a world living today at a complex crossroads, and for the dull and outdated structures of many companies, governments and organizations. It is an invitation to look inside our own structures and to reconnect with our true essence. The inner journey that awakens consciousness, frees us from the past and gives us the opportunity to start living from our hearts.
This is the process of cultural transformation. Broaden and enrich your vision to recognize what the precious gemstones of the little great jewels do not tell. Beyond the glitter of the imperial eagle there was also pain and darkness. The way to peace and reconciliation, to a higher consciousness where abundance, freedom and love are not limited to a privileged few.
Fabergé offers us a master class in the most magnificent and elevated beauty, the one who emerges from the right relationships between forms, elements… and remains. Let us make good use of it. Each of his 52 Easter Eggs is unique and has its own identity. Each one of them tells a different story. And yet together, they are even more powerful and shine brighter. A valuable lesson for all of us.
Image: Imperial Tsarevich Easter Egg, Lillian Thomas Pratt. Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC