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Easter Egg, Easter [Apr. 12], 1936

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 8, Item: SC07.02.3.048
Identifier: SC07.02.3.048
Easter Egg
Easter Egg

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] RUSSIAN IMPERIAL TREASURES Easter Egg Each Easter, the Dowager Empress, Marie Feodorovna, would order the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory to execute porcelain eggs which she personally distributed. This one, bearing the original ribbon, has her monogram “MF” and crown in green. The Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory was owned and operated exclusively by the Royal Family from the time of its founding in 1744 by Elizabeth I, daughter of Peter the Great, down to the last Czar, Nicholai II in 1917. With few exceptions, all the china used at court was made in this factory. Many of the monarchs ordered gifts created here for foreign dignitaries and court favorites. Elizabeth I used a small double eagle as her mark, while Catherine the Great used her monogram without the crown. Otherwise, most pieces were marked with the crown and monogram of the ruler in whose reign the object was made, except Alexander I, whose china rarely bore a mark.

Mrs. John L. Pratt Easter, 1936.

FROM THE HAMMER COLLECTION – 682 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK

Dates

  • Easter [Apr. 12], 1936

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access

The collection is open for research.

Digitization of the collection has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The digital collection can be accessed through the VMFA Collections Search website.

Conditions Governing Use

No Copyright - United States: http://rightsstatements.org/page/NoC-US/1.0/?language=en

Biographical / Historical

American--1

Extent

1 page

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

Related Materials

47.20.38

Physical Description

Paper

Physical Facet

Sales records

General

Hammer Collection, Russian Imperial Treasures, Fifth Avenue

Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

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