Imperial Danish Minaudiére
Fabergé created delicate, pink, translucent enamel panels from his studies of the 18th century French Court. The Imperial Danish Palaces Egg was presented to Empress Maria Feodorovna in 1895. This Easter Egg last changed hands in 1933 and went into the collection of Matilda Geddings Gray, an avid collector of Fabergé. Her collection, including this beautiful piece, is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This Vivian Alexander interpretation of The Imperial Danish Easter Egg was originally created in 1996 after Alexander and his staﬀ of artisans viewed the complete collection of Ms. Gray in the New Orleans Museum of Art. Our minaudiére egg is ﬁrst covered with 24k gold leaf. Then the various gold ﬁndings and Swarovski crystal chain and the jade cabochons are added. The piéce de résistance is the ﬁnal addition of the hemispheric moonstone. The ﬁnish is translucent pink enamel over the gold. Of course the inner lining is the softest silk, cushioned with spun felt.
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