Ashli Jewelers

January 29, 2010

Moscow Kremlin Fabergé Egg

Moscow Kremlin (Fabergé egg)

The Moscow Kremlin Egg (or the Uspenski Cathedral Egg) is a jeweled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in 1906, for the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II.  Tsar Nicholas presented the egg to his wife, the Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna.

Craftsmanship

This is by far the largest of the eggs and was inspired by the architecture of the Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspenski) in Moscow.  The reason for this was because this was once where all the Russian Tsars were crowned, including Nicholas.

The Cathedral dome (in white opalescent enamel) is removable, and the remarkably crafted interior of the church can be seen. Its carpets, tiny enameled icons and High Altar on an oval glass plate are made visible through four triple windows, surmounted by a gold cupola and flanked by two square, two circular stylized turrets, the former based on the Spassky Tower. The tower bears the coat-of-arms of the Russian Empire and Moscow, inset with ‘chiming clocks’. It stands on a crenelated gold base and octagonal white onyx plinth designed as a pyramid, and built of smaller pyramids. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armory Museum in Moscow.

Surprise

The surprise in this egg is music. The base of the egg contains a gold ‘music box’ that plays two cherubim chants, traditional Easter hymns can be played when a clockwork mechanism is wound up by a gold key. One of the hymns is the “Izhe Khveruviny”, a favorite hymn of Tsar Nicholas.

History of the egg

The egg commemorates the return to Moscow of the royal couple Nicholas and Alexandra in 1903. They earlier avoided the historical capital because during their coronation, hundreds of Moscovites were crushed to death. The egg itself was supposed to be presented in 1904 as engraved at the foot in white enamel on a round gold plate is the date. But the delivery was delayed because of the Russo-Japanese War. Then, in 1905 Nicholas’ favorite uncle and brother-in-law, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich was assassinated in the Kremlin. So instead the egg was presented in 1906. 

Ashli Jewelers would like to introduce you to the world of Miniature Gemstone Castle Clocks!  Both pieces were inspired by the architecture of the Moscow Kremlin Egg or the Uspenski Cathedral Egg made by Karl E. Faberge where the Czars of Russia were crowned in the 19th century as mentioned above.

Both clock towers and base are in Malachite and Mother of Pearl and furthered decorated with Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, Coral and Agate accented with gold plated brass ornamentation.

* Over 3,000 gemstones
* Features 20 clocks
* 3 microns of 23K gold plating
* H28″ x 21″ x 21

The smaller version features:
* Over 1,000 gemstones
* Features 4 clocks
* 2 microns of 23K gold plating
* H14″ x 10″ x 10″

Truly a collectors dream come true!  Each clock is serialized and comes with a letter of authenticity!  For further information, please send email to inquiries@ashlijewelers.com.

Ashli Jewelers is a Luxury e-retailer who goal is to provide products with Extraordinary Creativity in Design with Exceptional Materials and Quality that are rare and extremely unique to the world’s most discerning Clientele.

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