ⓘ Lapis Lazuli (Faberge egg)

Lapis Lazuli (Faberge egg)

ⓘ Lapis Lazuli (Faberge egg)

The Lapis Lazuli egg is a jewelled Faberge egg, attributed to the House of Faberge in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia. Unlike many of the other Faberge eggs, Lapis Lazuli was a private commission and isnt considered to be one of the imperial Easter eggs, as it was never given to a Russian Tsarina.

It is currently part of the Cleveland Museum of Arts collection.


1. Design

The egg exterior primarily consists of lapis lazuli, a deep-blue metamorphic rock. It is also made up of gold, enamel, pearls, diamonds, and rubies. Inside the egg is a decorative orb a "yolk" that can be opened to reveal a miniature imperial crown as well as a small ruby.

The egg is unmarked. The design is similar to the Kench Hen, another Faberge egg that is red and contains a similar decorative yolk with a small hen inside of it.


2. History

The egg was created in the late 1800s or early 1900s by the House of Faberge. The Cleveland Museum of Art estimates it may have been created between 1885 and 1890. The original commissioner or owner of the egg is unknown.

India Early Minshall started collecting Faberge objects in 1937. In the following decades, Minshall acquired many more Faberge works, including the Lapis Lazuli and Red Cross with Triptych eggs. Following her death in 1965, Minshalls private collection was given to the Cleveland Museum of Art, who proceeded to display over 60 items from her collection in a special exhibition. Lapis Lazuli continues to be displayed at the Museum as part of the India Early Minshall Collection.