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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Fabergé Imperial Easter Egg
1892 Diamond Trellis Egg to go on Display in Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault
WHAT: Beginning Good Friday, April 6, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will display one of Peter Carl Fabergé's and work master August Holmstrom's most exquisite and prominent pieces of the Fabergé collection: the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg. The Egg is made of gold, jadeite, rose-cut diamonds and silver, and is hinged to open.
The Diamond Trellis Egg was a gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna for Easter in 1892 and included an Easter "surprise" of a miniature elephant, made from ivory, gold, enamel, and rose-cut and brilliant diamonds. The original base for the Diamond Trellis Egg was comprised of three cherubs, each of whom is thought to represent the three sons (the Grand Dukes Nicholas, George and Michael) of the Imperial couple. The cost of the Egg on the invoice, dated April 7, 1891, was 4,750 rubles-a vast sum at the time.
The Diamond Trellis Egg is part of The McFerrin Collection. It will be on display for one week in the Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault.
WHO: Joel A. Bartsch, President of the Houston Museum of Natural Science
WHEN: Thursday, April 5, 10 a.m.
WHERE: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030
HOW: Contact Melodie Wade at (713) 639-4743 or Sami Mesarwi at (713) 639-4722 or come to Museum Services for assistance.
WHY: "Fabergé's Imperial Easter Eggs are a tour de force in quality and craftsmanship, and are recognized worldwide as being the highest achievement in objects of luxury. The Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg is a captivating, iconic piece that represents the pinnacle of metalworking and lapidary achievement in a classic era of jewelry-design," explains Bartsch. "Carl Fabergé took great care to ensure that these masterpieces were exquisitely designed and flawlessly executed, employing only the most talented craftsman of the time and elevating the Fabergé name to a level that was without peer among jewelers."
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