Easter Egg

Manufacturer Picq, Césard and Guesdon French
Manufacturer Cartier French
Unknown Designer

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This jeweled confection was based on similar designs (notably Easter eggs and a miniature replica of the Russian imperial regalia) by Fabergé that were shown at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1900. Generically regal in its iconography, the egg has a purple-enameled surface decorated with diamond palm leaves (both appropriate to the Easter motif), swags, and the cipher of the Russian czar Nicholas II. It rests atop a diamond-tasseled fluorite "cushion" balanced on a gold and purple-enameled plinth, and is surmounted with a diamond and pearl crown. The Paris City Council presented this egg as a gift to the czar in Moscow in 1912.

Easter Egg, Picq, Césard and Guesdon for Cartier, Gold, diamonds, pearls, fluorite, enamel

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