Scope and Contents
The Schaffer Collection
Russian Imperial Art Treasures
ROCKEFELLER CENTER NEW YORK
Small eighteen carat gold Easter egg by CARL G. FABERGE, the celebrated Russian court jeweler.
It opens through the center on a hinge and its entire surface is divided into four horizontal panels, each richly chased in typical FABERGE craftsmanship with interweaving foliations which stand out in bold relief against the finely stippled background. The top is set with a faceted ruby and upon opening the egg, one finds within, embedded in a lovely antique fabric, a small diamond and ruby ring. The central diamond is a golden color and this is surrounded by a circlet of six faceted rubies.
It is an exquisite example of the discriminating taste and precise craftsmanship of this great artist. This piece, for quality and for beauty, is in a class with the Russian Imperial Master eggs which are today so justly famous.
MRS. JOHN L. PRATT
- Creation: undated
- Schaffer Collection (Organization)
Language of Materials
The collection is open for research.
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Conditions Governing Use
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Biographical / Historical
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.
Schaffer Collection, Russian Imperial Art Treasures, Rockefeller Center
Digitization of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives has been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository
Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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