The Easter Egg "Duchess of Marlborough" (1902)

The Easter Egg "Duchess of Marlborough" (1902)
«The Easter Egg "Duchess of Marlborough" (1902)»

The Duchess of Marlborough egg (also known as the Pink Serpent egg) is a jeweled enameled Easter egg made by Michael Perchin under the supervision of the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé in 1902.The egg was made for Consuelo Vanderbilt, who became the Duchess of Marlborough when she married Charles Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough in 1895. In 1902 the Duchess and her husband travelled to Russia, where they dined with Nicholas II of Russia, and visited his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna at the Anichkov Palace. During this visit the Duchess would have almost certainly seen the Dowager Empress' large collection of Fabergé, which perhaps inspired her to order this egg.


  • Series: Other Eggs
  • Company: House of Fabergé
  • Made in: 1902 St. Petersburg, Russia

Design and Materials

  • Workmaster: Mikhail Yevlampievich Perkhin (Michael Perchin)
  • Materials used: Gold, Diamonds, Pearls, Enamel
  • Height: 23,5 cm (9,25 in)

The Duchess of Marlborough egg is the only large Fabergé egg to have been commissioned by an American, and is inspired by a Louis XVI clock with a revolving dial. It is similar to the earlier imperial Blue Serpent Clock egg.

Current Ownership and Location

  • Year of acquisition and current owner: 2004 Viktor Vekselberg / The Link of Times Foundation
  • Location: Museum of Fabergé in St. Petersburg, Russia

Reference: Wikipedia "Duchess of Marlborough Egg" 

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