Lost Treasure – The Fabergé Eggs

Fabergé eggs found

Lost Treasure – The Fabergé Eggs

Peter Carl Fabergé (also known as Karl  Gustavovich Fabergé) and his brother Agathon were Russian jewellers of French  descent based in St. Petersburg. They rapidly became famous for the  extraordinary quality and beauty of their work. In 1885 Tsar Alexander III (House  of Romanov) commissioned the production  of the gold and enamel ‘Hen Egg’ for his wife the Empress Maria which she  adored.  Fabergé was made ‘Goldsmith  by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown’ and over the next  33 years 52 eggs were made for the Russian  Royal Family as well as a further 15 for other private buyers.
The 1917 Russian Revolution toppled Tsar Nicholas II who was executed along with much of the  royal family in July 1918.  Fearing for his safety, Peter Carl Faberge abandoned Russia travelling first to Latvia then Germany and finally Switzerland where he died in Lausene in 1920. The Fabergé  eggs and many other treasures of the Royal family were confiscated and stored  in the vaults of the Kremlin Armoury.   Some were sold to raise funds for the new regime.  Over time eight of the original 52 Imperial eggs  have vanished and their whereabouts remain a mystery to this day. A full list of missing eggs is on the left.  In 2007,  just one egg,  ‘The Rothschild’ was sold  at Christies Auction House for $8,9 million.

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