Two Imperial Fabergé gold and gunmetal pendants, the shield pendant, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, circa 1894
Property from a Distinguished Private Collection Two Imperial Fabergé gold and gunmetal pendants, the shield pendant, workmaster Michael Perchin, St Petersburg, circa 1894 both decorated with the crowned monogram of Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894) in rose gold, the shield pendant inscribed in Russian with the date and time of the Emperors death 20 October 1894, 2h15m, struck on the loops with workmasters initials, 56 standard 2 height of the egg including loop 2.3cm, 1in., of the shield including loop 3.1cm, 1.2 in. Provenance Presented to Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1906) by her aunt, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Elder (1854-1920) Prince Andrei Alexandrovich (1897-1981) Princess Olga Andreevna (b. 1950) A La Vieille Russie, New York Catalogue Note The present pendants are rare and historically important objects, offering insight into the private lives of the Imperial family. The present lot belonged the Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1960), the eldest daughter of Tsar Alexander III and her records show that these were received from her Aunt Michen, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Elder (1854-1920). Following the Death of Emperor Alexander III, it has been suggested that Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna the Elder wore this egg herself. Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna recorded this egg pendant in her inventory of Easter eggs, a collection of descriptions and watercolour illustrations of Easter eggs and other smaller pieces of jewelry that she acquired between 1880-1905, totaling 499 pieces. The inventory page is illustrated in the 2002 exhibition catalogue, O. Krog, et al. Treasures of Russia – Imperial Gifts, Amalienborg Palace, Denmark. Prince Andrei Alexandrovich inherited the pendants from his mother Xenia and in turn gave them to his daughter Princess Olga Andreevna. Princess Olga confirms their provenance in a letter dated 15 May 2005. The provenance and personal significance of this gunmetal egg, a private commission, intended to comfort the grieving family of Emperor Alexander III make it a rare and important pendant in Fabergés oeuvre.