The Easter Egg "Hen" (1898)

The Easter Egg "Hen" (1898)
«The Easter Egg "Hen" (1898)»

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.


  • Series: Kelch Eggs
  • Company: House of Fabergé
  • Made in: 1898 St. Petersburg, Russia

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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