Coronation Egg, 1897
Egg: varicolored gold, translucent lime yellow and black enamel, diamonds, velvet lining.
Coach: gold, platinum, translucent strawbery red enamel, diamonds, rubies, rock crystal.
Length of egg: 12.5 cm; length of coach: 9 cm
Marks: initials of workmaster Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg 1896-1908; the name Wigstrom is roughly scratched on the inner surface of the shell, dated 1897.
Provenance: presented by Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra, Easter 1897; purchased by Emanuel Snowman for Warstki, 1927.
From the FORBES Magazine Collection, New York, all rights reserved.
The egg opens reveal a removable miniature replica by George Stein of the coach used by Alexandra Feodorovna on her entry into Moscow in 1896. The color scheme of the egg is an allusion to the gold ermine-trimmed robes worn by their Imperial Majesties. A tiny egg, pavé-set with brilliants once hung inside the coach. Beneath a portrait diamond set at the top of the egg, the monogram of Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna is emblazoned in rose diamonds and rubies. The date 1897 appears beneath a smaller portrait diamond at the bottom of the egg. The egg is visible in a 1902 photograph showing items from the Imperial collection at the von Dervise Mansion, St. Petersburg.