Sr. Freddy Novelo
Honorary Cathedratic in Art History
State University of Human Sciences of Russia
Fabergé utilized gold,
saphires, emeralds, diamonds and the
most refined enamels creating pieces
for many clients, the most important
being the Romanoff family. Some of the eggs had
"Blue Winter Egg" is property of Mr.
Freddy Novelo. Originally
commissioned by the Czar for his mother
Maria Feodorovna, this piece
has among its characteristics a phoenix in
its interior created in 24K gold and its
rests on a pillow of lapilz lazuli.
During one of its restorations, 1753
saphires were found hidden in its interior.
It is believed that Carl Fabergé hid
them from detection on his escape from
Russian in 1918. Only 6 imperial
eggs and 3 semi-imperial eggs have been
auctioned since WWII and the events have
been made memorable by the exorbitant
prices for which they were sold.
In February 2005, a famous collection
of 9 imperial Fabergé Easter eggs which
belonged to the Forbes family were sold
to Russian petroleum magnate Viktor Vekselberg
who aquired them for more than $90
million just before they were to be put
up for auction at Sotheby´s in New York.
These jewels are witnesses of the
decadence of the Czars and are the last
symbols of a way of life.
They are small triumphs of the
business talent of Peter Carl Fabergé
and his workshop. Innovation,
exclusivity and obsession for detail.