Faberge Imperial Egg Found At Flea Market
A scrap metal dealer from the midwest bought a gold egg clock at a flea market antiques stall for $14,000 and found out it was one of the eight lost Imperial Eggs made for the Tsar of All the Russias. It was created by legendary artist, and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court, Carl Fabergé.
Fabergé made at least 50 Imperial Eggs for the Romanov emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II. This tradition was started when Alexander gave his wife, Empress Maria Feodorovna the Hen Egg for Easter in 1885.
The Henn Egg was a huge success, and the giving of this luxuruious Fabergé Easter egg became an imperial tradition.
These highly detailed masterpieces were crafted from the most precious materials and have become iconic symbols of the lavish Romanov court.
During the 1917 October Revolution, Romanov palaces were raided and ransacked. Many of the Imperial Eggs were lost during the looting, but most of them were inventoried, crated and stashed in the Kremlin Armory in Moscow. Lenin believed that these pieces belonged to Russia, however, Stalin captured and sold several of these pieces to the west. Out of the 50 eggs total, 42 were known to have survived the raids through private collections and museums spread across the globe, while eight are still missing.
The scrap metal dealer was about to use the Imperial Egg as scrap metal, until he googled “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin”, which is the makers of the lady’s watch that was inside. He immediately contacted, Kieran McCarthy of London Jewelers and Fabergé specialists Wartski.
Wartski arranged a private sale of the egg for $33 million, and the new owner has allowed Wartski to exhibit it at their Mayfair store April 14-April 17.