Art: Imperial Eggs

Alexander III, Czar of all the Russias, was conferring with his court jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé, about what to give the Czarina for Easter. Fabergé proposed an egg—wjth a surprise inside it. "What will the surprise be?" asked the Czar. With all due respect, Fabergé refused to say.

At Easter time in 1884, the Czarina received what at first glance looked like an ordinary hen's egg, but the shell beneath its white enamel was of gold. Inside it was a golden yolk, and inside that a golden chick. In the chick's stomach was a model of the imperial crown, and inside the...

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