1908 Alexander Palace Egg made for Nicholas II as a gift to his wife. It contains five portraits of Czar Nicholas children. Inside the egg is a tiny detailed replica of Aleksandr Palace ~ the Imperial family's favorite residence. The inscription "The Palace at Czarskoye Selo" enclosed in a laurel wreath, is engraved on the base. In 1917 the egg was transferred to the Moscow Kremlin Armoury where it remains today.
The Catherine the Great Egg (or The Grisaille Egg, or The Cameo Egg), four-color gold, diamonds, pearls, 1914. Presented by Nicholas II to Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna. Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC, USA (The Marjorie Merriweather Post Collection)
This is the first Fabergé Egg art piece created by Carl Faberge in 1885. It was commissioned by Czar Alexander II of Russia. This custom egg made of precious metals, enamel and gemstones was to be an Easter gift for the Czar's wife. The Empress Maria was so taken with the surprise that she appointed Fabergé to the court as a supplier and asked that an Egg be made each year going forward.