Decorative Arts
gold, silver-gilt, enamel, mother-of-pearl, watercolor on ivory, velvet, glass
St. Petersburg, Russia
Overall (egg): 3 × 2 3/8 in. (7.6 × 6 cm)
Overall (each miniature): 1 15/16 × 7 1/2 × 1/4 in. (4.92 × 19.05 × 0.64 cm)
Overall (stand): 2 5/16 × 2 5/16 in. (5.9 × 5.9 cm)
Group "Five Miniatures from Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg" (47.20.372.1-5)
The Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg was presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, in 1915 as a tribute to her service as head of the Russian Red Cross. This egg is decorated with five bands of white guilloché enamel, each with a different pattern. The central band has a gilded Old Slavonic inscription: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (Jn 15:13, AV).
miniatures signed Vasilii Zuev
Initials of workmaster Henrik Wigström, assay mark of St. Petersburg 1908-17 Stamped "Fabergé 1915", stamped on interior of egg underneath the interior cardboard and velvet liner: Initials of workmaster Henrik Wigstron and "88" with the right -facing profile of a man.
Central band with gilt Slavonic inscription: "Great love hath no man than his, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)"; top of the egg has the crown and Cyrillic monogram MF for Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.
Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt
Fabergé Revealed, Palace Museum, Beijing, China, April 16 - July 17, 2016

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, June 20 – September 27, 2015

Fabergé Revealed, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 14, 2014 - May 25, 2015

Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweler to the Czars, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 14 - October 12, 2014

Fabergé Revealed, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, June 22 - September 29, 2013

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, Detroit Institute of Art, October 14, 2012 - January 21, 2013

Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé, coinciding with Fabergé in America, Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 12 - April 18, 1996, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, May 25 - July 28, 1996, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, August 24 - November 10, 1996, New Orleans Museum of Art, December 7, 1996 - February 8, 1997, Cleveland Museum of Art, March 12 - May 11, 1997

"Collector of the Year", VMFA, February 6 - March 13, 1983

"Today Show" New York, March 26, 1968
Irene Austin-Gillis, “The Finest Easter Eggs of All,” The Woonsocket [R.I.] Call, Sunday, April 1, 2007, p. C1, color ill.

Natalia Semenova et al, Russia’s Masterpieces on the Block (Moscow: Trilistnik Publishers, 2000) pp.?, color ill. p. 52.

Géza Von Habsburg, Fabergé Fantasies and Treasures (New York: Fabergé Co. in association with Universe Publishing, 1995) pp. 31, 34, plate 12 (flipped), credit p. 78.

Tatiana Fabergé et al, The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs (London: Christie, Manson and Woods Ltd., 1997) pp. 11, 222-224, cat. no. 47, color ills. pp. 223-224.

James S. Wamsley, “Fabergé the Fabulous,” Southern Accents, Vol. 19, No. 5, September-October 1996, pp. 130-134, ill. p. 134.

A&E Biography: FABERGÉ documentary video (Studio City, CA: Weller Grossman Productions and the Arts and Entertainment Network, 1996).

Henry C. Bainbridge, Russian Imperial Easter Gifts: The Work of Carl Faberge. Connoisseur 393, May 1934, pp. 299-306

"Royal Red Cross Treasure. New York Sun, October 31, 1936.

Henry C. Bainbridge, Peter Carl Fagerge: Goldsmith and Jeweler to the Russian Imperial Court (New York and London: B.T. Batsford, 1949), pl. 56.

A. Kenneth Snowman, The Art of Carl Faberge, Rev. ed. (London: Faber and Faber, 1953), illus. no. 352, betw. pp. 104 & 105

Ross, Faberge in Post Collection, p. 40

A. Kenneth Snowman, The Art of Carl Faberge, Rev. ed. (London: Faber and Faber, 1962), pp. 108, pl. 382.

Parker Lesley, Faberge Cat., Virginia Museum, C. 1976, Cat. No. 50, p. 47, illus. pp. 46-47.

Christopher Forbes, Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs in American Collections, Antiques Magazine, Vol. CXV, No. 6, 1979, p. 1234, illus., p. 1233.

Gerard Hill, ed., Faberge and the Russian Master Goldsmiths (New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1989), p. 61, pl. 59.

Christopher Forbes, et. Al. Faberge: The Imperial Eggs, New York, Neues Publishing Co., 1989, illus., fig. 42, p. 112.

Susanna Pfeffer, Faberge Eggs: Masterpieces from Czarist Russia, New York, Hugh Lauter Levin Assoc., Inc., 1990, p. 108, illus. (color), p. 109

Faberge Easter Eggs, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Lady’s Gallery, magazine, volume 1, issue 5, April/May 1994, Missouri, Bayhouse Publishing, 1994, pp. 46-47, illus., p. 46.

David Park Curry, Faberge (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1995), no. 5.

Geza von Hapsburg, Faberge Fantasies and Treasures (New York: Faberge Co. in assoc. with Universe Publishing, 1995), pp. 31, 34, plate 12 (flipped), credit p. 78

Peter Kurth, The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra (Boston and New York: Little Brown, 1995) illus. (color) p. 125

Geza von Hapsburg, Faberge in America, exh. Catalogue, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (London: Thames & Hudson, Ltd., 1996), pp. 120, 164-165; pp. 160-161 (cat. 153)
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Lillian Thomas Pratt’s Fabergé: Shopping, Collecting, Remembering

This intimate documentary unveils the world-renowned Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts at the VMFA through recollections of family members and others who share their experiences about Mrs. Pratt, the passionate collector, and the facts behind the fantasies.

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg

Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg, 1915, by Fabergé firm Henrik Wigström, Workmaster (Russian, 1862 - 1923) Silver, enamel, gold, mother-of-pearl, watercolor on ivory, velvet lining Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt Music: excerpt from Alexander Borodin, String Quartet No. 1 in A Major - I. Moderato - Allegro

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