Materials Egg - the gold, opaque white enamel; a yolk - matte gold; a hen - color gold, rubies, suede; a crown - diamonds
The sizes Egg - 2 1/2 inches (6,4 cm); a yolk - 1 9/16 inches; a hen - 1 3/8 inches; (3,5 cm)
Technics of execution Enamel, engraving
Origin It is presented by emperor Alexander to III his wife to empress Maria Fyodorovne for passover of 1885. 1920 - it is sold to the dealer (certain mister Dereku) [?] in Paris or Berlin. Frederik Berry - on March, 15th, 1934 - Christie's auction - London, - Mr. Suenson-Taylor (Lord Grantchester). 1976 - A La Vieille Russie Inc., New York. 1978 - Forbes Magazine collection, New York. 2004 - Sotheby's, New York - Viktor Vekselberg collection, Moscow.
It is stored Viktor Vekselberg collection, Moscow.
Egg from gold is covered polished opaque white, simulating a shell, enamel; shutters keep on three bayonet locks. Inside – "yolk" of matte gold which, opening, Contains a figure of a chicken from color gold in a nest with a suede lining and the edges engraved on gold representing straw. The plumage is executed from alternating color gold, a head – from yellow, and a comb and ear rings – from red. All surfaces are carefully engraved, eyes are executed from rubies-cabochons. The case of a chicken opens by means of hidden at the tail-end of the hinge, on a paunch are engraved yellow gold of a pad. The chicken, in turn, contained other surprises (presumably imperial crown decorated with diamonds, And in it - a chain with two ruby яйцевидными coulombs), considered lost after sale of egg by Bolsheviks in 1920th years. In account 1885 egg cost is specified as 4 151 rouble.