Name: Gold Egg with Clock or Watch
Giver: Alexander III of Russia
Receiver: Marie Fydorovna
Made of: Gold, diamonds, sapphires, other
Work Master: Unknown
Current Owner: Unknown
Surprise: Unknown (Possibly a clock or watch?)
Story: This is another missing egg, and has only been recently discovered as belonging to the 1887 Easter egg era. It was previously thought that the 1895 Blue Serpent Clock Egg (Warning: Incorrect information in link. Proceed with a grain of salt.) was the 1887 egg, but due to the sophisticated work, and estimated price of the 1895 one, it was figured out that the egg was in fact, in the wrong decade entirely. It was also thought that the Nécessaire Egg (Warning: Incorrect information in link. Proceed with a grain of salt.) of 1889 was actually from 1887, but this has been disproved. Descriptions from the books of N. Petrov (Assistant Manager to the Cabinet and the List of Confiscated Treasures) and a book entitled “The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs” describe the egg as an
“Easter egg with clock (the Russian word for clock and watch is the same), decorated with diamonds, sapphires and rose-cut diamonds - 2160 r”
“Gold egg with clock with diamond pushpiece on gold pedestal with 3 sapphires and rose-cut diamond roses”
These match the general idea of what the egg would have been made of, as guessed by looking at the photo.
There is no doubt that the egg would have been kept with with the others in Anichkov Palace and stayed there, with the exceptions of exhibits. It was seized in 1917 with all the other eggs, and put into the Kremlin. It was last seen in the 1922 Kremlin inventory, specified to have had 3 sapphires, a diamond pushpiece(??) and gold pedestal. It isn’t specified if the egg is indeed a Fabergé piece, but it remains consistent with the descriptions of others, and is most likely the work of Fabergé.
From 1922 onwards to 1964, the egg’s exact whereabouts were unknown. It resurfaced in the Parke Bernet auction and was likely sold on the 6th or 7th of March, 1964, to a buyer only identified as “Clarke”. Its lot number was Lot 259, and that is where the first and second pictures come from. To whom it was sold, that isn’t known. This may be found one day though, so keep your fingers crossed!
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