Faberge's Lost Treasures, Still Waiting To Be Found Topic: Faberge
Some of Russia’s most incredible riches, from the magnificent amber panels of the Catherine Palace to the jewels of the Russian Imperial family, are still out there somewhere, lost, and waiting to be found. It is, however, the missing Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs which continue to allude Fabergé aficionados around the world.
When the Bolsheviks nationalized the tsar’s properties in 1918, eight priceless Fabergé eggs — made with precious stones, expensive metals and precise engineering went missing. It is known 50 Fabergé Imperial Eggs were created and delivered in total. Until last year, the whereabouts of only 42 were known. It is the mystery surrounding these missing Imperial Eggs which adds to the romance of the Fabergé story. While they have never been found, it is possible several of them made it to Britain and the United States, their provenance and historic value possibly unknown to their current owners.
In 2014, one of the missing eight Eggs was discovered: the Third Imperial Easter Egg (created in 1887). It had been seized by the Bolsheviks and mysteriously made its way to the United States. By chance, an unidentified man bought it at a market in the U.S. Midwest for $14,000, intending to sell it for scrap. The Egg was sold for an undisclosed amount, and was later displayed at Court Jewellers Wartski over four days in April 2014 in London, England. This now leaves seven Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs missing or lost.
The Third Imperial Easter Egg was featured in the article, Empress Marie Feodorovna's Missing Fabergé Easter Eggs, co-written by Annemiek Wintraecken and Christel Ludewig McCanless (co-editors of the Fabergé Research Newsletter). The article was published in the Royal Russia Annual No. 3 in 2013 and consists of 8 pages and 10 black and white photographs.
An interesting article recently appeared in the Fabergé Research Newsletter (Winter 2014) about the 1896 Alexander III Portraits Egg. Today the egg is part of a large Fabergé collection at the Hillwood Museum in Washington (DC). The surprise in the Fabergé egg has been missing. As it turned out, the research team, Anna and Vincent Palmade, discovered four photographs of the surprise - a folding miniature frame, and published them on the Faberge Research Site. The whereabouts of both the frame and the six portraits is currently unknown, however, the newsletter notes that they “hope the surprise may be alive and well in the care of an unsuspecting collector.”
Royal Russia News is read by thousands of Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history daily. It is my sincere hope and wish that one of these readers may know the whereabouts of the missing frame and portraits of the Alexander III Portraits Egg, or any of the seven missing Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs and their surprises. If you have any information on the whereabouts of any of these missing treasures, please contact me.
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