The Easter Egg "Hen" (1898)
- Series: Kelch Eggs
- Company: House of Fabergé
- Made in: 1898 St. Petersburg, Russia
The Hen egg is a Kelch Fabergé egg, one of a series of twelve jeweled enameled Easter eggs made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergéfor Alexander Ferdinandovich Kelch, a Siberian gold mine industrialist. Alexander granted this precious gift to his wife Barbara (Varvara) Kelch-Bazanova on Easter in 1898.
Design and Materials
- Workmaster: Mikhail Yevlampievich Perkhin (Michael Perchin)
- Materials used: Gold, Diamonds, Rubies, Rock Crystal, Enamel
- Length: 8,3 cm (3,26 in)
Though still " Fabergé egg" by virtue of having been produced by his workshop, this eggs was not as elaborate as the Imperial eggs and was not unique in design. It is a copy of other eggs created in Fabergé workshops before for royal family. Surprise - Hen and Miniature Portrait The two halves open to reveal a gold yolk with a matte finish, containing a varicolored gold hen with ruby eyes. But there is one more surprise, the hen contains inside a beautiful miniature family portrait decorated with diamonds.
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
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