A Timeless Treasure from an American Princess

October 14, 2008

Finally, I no longer have to hold my breath. I must apologize to all of you (I believe I’m up to 15 fans now). I’ve been keeping a secret from all of you…and now I can finally share with you one of the stars of Artistic Luxury.

I present to you the Imperial Blue Serpent Egg!

Imperial Blue Serpent Egg, c. 1887, House of Fabergé, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Imperial Blue Serpent Egg, c. 1887, House of Fabergé, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

One of only 54 Imperial Easter Eggs that Fabergé produced for the Russian court, the Imperial Blue Serpent Egg was presented to Empress Maria Feodorovna in 1887 as an Easter gift from her husband Alexander III. Made of gold, diamonds, sapphires, blue guilloché and white opalescent enamel, the Egg doubles as a working clock with a serpent’s diamond tongue marking time (By the way, you can’t buy that at Target).

The Egg entered the Princely Collection of Monaco in 1974, as a gift to Prince Rainier III in honor of his Silver Jubilee — the 25th anniversary of his accession to the Grimaldi throne. The Blue Serpent Egg quickly became one of Princess Grace’s most treasured possessions, according to his Serene Highness Prince Albert II, son of Prince Ranier and Princess Grace. She adored it and kept it on the desk in her private study. After her tragic death in 1982, Prince Rainier sealed her suite, preserving the room as a memorial and thereby keeping the Blue Serpent Egg from public view.

Want to see the Blue Serpent Egg in person? Visit the exhibition when it opens on October 19 at CMA – it may be your only chance to see this treasure. It will truly take your breath away.

Stephen

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One Response to “A Timeless Treasure from an American Princess”

  1. Sarah said

    Oh how I wish I could be there! Mike and I will be thinking of you, and looking forward to hopefully catching up with the exhibit in San Francisco. Ciao!

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