Imperial Fabergé Eggs - The Duchess of Marlborough Egg

Niue Islands 2011 - $2 - Imperial Fabergé Eggs - The Duchess of Marlborough Egg - 56,56g LIMITED Silver Coin

7.000 of these coins were issued by Mint of Poland!
This silver proof coin with Swarowski Crystals is dedicated to the Fabergé Eggs.
$174.33

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Country Niue Islands
Year 2011
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 2
Metal Silver - with Stone
Fineness 925/1000
Weight 56,56g
Dimensions 41,6 x 55, 6 mm
Mintage 7000
Quality Proof
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $174.33
Coin Story

The Duchess of Marlborough egg (also known as the Pink Serpent egg) is a jewelled enameled Easter egg made by Michael Perchin in 1902. This is the only large Easter egg to have been commissioned from Fabergé by an American, is inspired by a Louis XVI clock with revolving dial. The workshop of Michael Perchin created several versions of this model, of which the best known is the blue enamel Serpent Clock egg traditionally dated 1887 and thought to have been presented by Tsar Alexander III to his wife Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. As attested by the diamond-set initials CM under a ducal crown, the egg was made for Consuelo Marlborough, granddaughter of the American railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was married off against her will to Richard John Spencer-Churchill, 9th Duke of Marlborough, in 1894. In 1902, prior to the coronation of Edward VII at which she had been asked by Queen Alexandra to be a canopy bearer, the Duchess travelled to Russia with her husband. She also visited the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna at Anichkov Palace and must have seen her Fabergé collection, which probably served as model for the egg which she ordered from Fabergé.

After her divorce from Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan donated the egg to a charity auction in 1926. The Duchness of Marlborough egg, contains some characteristic features of the Fabergé's Neo-Classical style. It can be seen especially in the design of the triangular pedestal, the fluted base of the egg and his use of acanthus foliage, husks, laurel wreaths and flower swags, all derived from Classical Antiquity.

Reverse Design

At the top – a semicircular inscription: IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS. In the centre – a stylized image of the upper part of The Duchess of Marlborough Egg with two pinkish-orange zircons imitating the colour of the original egg. The snake at the bottom part has a polished finish, as well as the pearls surrounding the egg, which emphasize the splendour of this piece of art.

Obverse Design

At the bottom – open Spring Flowers Egg (1899-1903) with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside. Above – the Niue Island’s Coat of Arms with the inscription “ELIZABETH II” and the mint’s mark (m/w) below. Around the Queen’s effigy – a decorative neorococo scroll ornament. At the top – the issuer’s name: NIUE ISLAND. On the right – a nominal value of the coin (2 dollars), on the left – the year of issue 2011.

Packaging

The Imperial Fabergé Eggs - The Duchess of Marlborough Egg silver coin comes encapsuled, in a very special presentation case, with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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