Fabergé at Houston Museum of Natural Science, part 2…..Fabergé en el Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Houston, parte 2


A Fabergé egg (Russian: Яйца Фаберже́; yaytsa faberzhe) is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company from 1885 to 1917. The most famous of the eggs are the ones made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, often called the ‘Imperial’ Fabergé eggs. The House of Fabergé made about 50 eggs and 43 have survived. Another two were planned for Easter 1918, but because of the Russian Revolution were not delivered.
After the Revolution, the Fabergé family left Russia (see House of Fabergé). The Fabergé trademark has been sold several times since and several companies have retailed egg-related merchandise using the Fabergé name. The trademark is now owned by Fabergé Limited, which makes egg-themed jewellery.
The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who had decided to give his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter Egg in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed[by whom?] that the Tsar’s inspiration for the piece was an egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark, which had captivated Maria’s imagination in her childhood. Known as the Hen Egg, the first Fabergé egg is crafted from gold. Its opaque white enameled “shell” opens to reveal its first surprise, a matte yellow-gold yolk. This in turn opens to reveal a multicolored gold hen that also opens. The hen contained a minute diamond replica of the imperial crown from which a small ruby pendant was suspended, but these last two elements have been lost.

Un huevo de Fabergé es una de las sesenta y nueve joyas creadas por Carl Faberge y sus artesanos de la empresa Fabergé para los zares de Rusia, así como para algunos miembros de la nobleza y la burguesía industrial y financiera, entre los años 1885 y 1917. Los huevos se consideran obras maestras del arte de la joyería.
La Fiesta más importante del calendario de la iglesia ortodoxa rusa es la Pascua. Se celebra con tres besos y el intercambio de huevos de Pascua. Por lo que respecta a los huevos imperiales de Fabergé, estos comenzaron a fabricarse en 1885 cuando el zar Alejandro III encarga un huevo de Pascua para su esposa, la emperatriz María Fyodorevna. El huevo recordaba a la patria de la emperatriz, Dinamarca, ya que el joyero se había inspirado en un huevo de pascua que se encontraba en las colecciones reales danesas y tanto agradó a la zarina que el zar ordenó que Peter Carl Gustavovich Fabergé fabricara un huevo de Pascua cada año para la zarina, estipulando solamente que el huevo fuese único y que encerrase una sorpresa.

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