Imperial Russian Easter Egg

© The Royal Archivist. Please do not duplicate. Russian easter egg made in Moscow by the Firm of Khlebnikov for the Imperial Family.

Fabergé was not the only firm creating colorful and imaginative eggs. This enameled easter egg was made in Moscow by the Firm of Khlebnikov for the Russian Imperial Family.

Khlebnikov was founded in 1865 by Ivan Khlebnikov in St. Petersburg, but later moved its headquarters to Moscow. After Khlebnikov’s death in 1888, his four sons ran the successful firm. Known for its silver and decorative arts pieces, the firm held an imperial warrant from 1879 until the Russian Revolution when it ceased to exist.

Mrs. Marjorie Merriweather Post, an American socialite and business woman, purchased priceless decorative arts pieces and jewelry when she joined her diplomat husband, the second US ambassador to the USSR, in Moscow. She returned home to Washington, D.C. not only with this egg, but countless other treasures such as the Russian Nuptial Crown worn by the last Russian tsarina.

The Firm of Khlebnikov was prolific and from time to time you may find the firm’s silver or other decorative arts at auctions around the world.

Sources

Hillwood Museum