The Fabergé original of this timepiece was completed in 1903. It was presented to Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovia for Easter that same year. The original clock stands 12 5/8-inches when open. The Vivian Alexander version is 15-inches tall. Our version of the Imperial Chanticleer is one of the star selections of the world-renowned pieces in the famous Forbes Fabergé Collection. Alexander was invited by Forbes to replicate the best of the best of this collection. He spent seven years working with the Forbes’ and their Curator to create these pieces. Today, only the Vivian Alexander pieces are left in the Forbes Building, as the entire original collection was sold to a Russian oligarch in 2007. This timepiece, like the original, consists of a ﬁne silver (.999%) guilloché egg, overlaid with dazzling translucent blue enamel. The pedestal has four panels of the same cobalt blue. Turn the small knob on the back of the egg and the multi-colored bejeweled cockerel pushes open the cage and emerges (but does not crow!).
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