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Some items from our exhibition

The prize of Tsar Nicholas II for the horse race competition in Italy

The prize of Tsar Nicholas II for the horse race competition in Italy

Silver, gilding, vitreous and cloisonné enamel

Fabergé, Moscow 1911

Height 36.4 cm

The item has inventory number 18735 which allowed us to determine that the wine bowl was made in 1911 by request of the Office of His Majesty as a prize for the International Horse Competition in Rome, which took place in conjunction with the opening of a historical exhibition. The Emperor of Austria-Hungary, Franz-Josef I, organized a valuable prize for this competition, but the Russian ambassador in Italy urgently asked St. Petersburg to send to Rome a prize on behalf of the Russian Emperor. Nicholas II himself chose the gift. Traditionally the prize should not excede 700 - 1000 roubles, but the wine bowl with a tripartite two-headed eagle on top that was chosen by Nicholas II cost 1 375 roubles. Besides aesthetic value, this item also carries enormous historical value, and is evidence of close Russian-Italian relations.

Brooch in the form of an Eagle

Brooch in the form of an Eagle

Gold, platinum, diamonds, rubies.

4.4 х 4.5 cm

Central diamond 11.7 carats

St. Petersburg 1913

The Romanov dynasty celebrated its tercentenary in 1913, and the brooch was made by Carl Fabergé for this event. The Russian Empire marked this event with big celebrations and Fabergé produced many jewellery items for this occasion. Besides the brooch, Henrik Wigström's workshop made two gold rings, encrusted with rubies and diamonds for Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra, which are also exhibited by Fabergé Museum. We also exhibit a selection of gold gift-brooches and jewels, made by Fabergé for Imperial Cabinet to 300 jubilee of Romanov Tsar House.

The Easter Imperial Egg in 1913 was also dedicated to this great event. The egg is decorated in a chased gold pattern with double-headed eagles as well as past and present Romanov crowns that frame the portraits of the Tsars. Each miniature portrait, painted by Vassily Zuyev, is on ivory and is bordered by rose-cut diamonds. The inside of the egg is opalescent white enamel.

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