ONCE prized by Russian tsars and sought by collectors around the world, Faberge eggs are making a comeback, with the first to be created for 99 years going on display in Qatar.Almost a century after production was scrapped at the outbreak of the Russian Revolution, the Saint Petersburg jewellery house has started making its most famed product again.
A “Qatar-inspired” egg, studded with 139 pearls from the Gulf state and more than 3300 diamonds and valued at $US2 million ($2.5m), went on display yesterday at a jewellery exhibition in the capital, Doha.
The egg is officially for sale, but collectors are likely to be disappointed. It is rumoured to have been snapped up by a member of the Qatari royal family.
Faberge made only 50 eggs before the family fled Russia after the revolution in 1917.
The most famous “Imperial” eggs were commissioned by Alexander III and Nicholas II as gifts for their wives and mothers.
Forty-two eggs are known to have survived. The Kremlin retains 10, while the British royal family owns three among a huge collection of Faberge jewellery.
The largest private collector is Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg, who bought nine of the eggs from the Forbes publishing family in the US a decade ago.
By Hugh Tomlinson
With thanks to The Australian
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Above: A classic example.
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