The Clock Egg, 1899
Workmaster: Michael Perkhin
Marks: Faberge, M.P, Y.L. (initials of inspector Yakov Lyapunov of St.Petersburg Standard Board), 56, kokoshnik.
Materials: gold, platinum, silver, rosettes, onyx.
Dimensions: height 105/8" (27 cm).
Techniques: Translucent enamel over a guilloche ground, casting, stamping.
Kept in the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin, inv.no.MP-653/1-2.
The rectangular pedestal and egg-shaped clockare decorated with translucent enamel on a guilloche background. The clock is crowned with a delicate bouquet of lilies, carved from onyx. The pistils of the flowers are set with three small diamonds, and the leaves and stems are of tinted gold. The body of the clock is divided into twelve parts which are outlined in diamond-studded stripes. The diamond clock hand is in the shape of an arrow which protrudes from an immobile base. A diamond and enameled belt with twelve diamond-set Roman numerals revolves around the perimeter of the egg, indicating the time. The base is decorated with rosettes and the date of its manufacture, 1899, is set in diamonds. A gold key was used to wind the mechanism.
Presented by emperor Nicholas II to his wife, empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Easter 1899.
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