Pictured here is the Love Trophy Egg by Fabergé, presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, at Easter 1907.
New York--A century after the Russian Revolution, movie watchers will have a chance to look back at Faberge’s storied past.

Feature-length documentary “Fabergé, A Life of Its Own,” chronicling the house’s history from Imperial Russia to its contemporary incarnation, was released in 2014.

On April 10, it will be available for purchase on iTunes, On Demand, DVD and Blu-Ray.

Several Faberge masterpieces are represented in the film, including from the collections of Queen Elizabeth of England Prince Albert of Monaco, as well as eggs of historical importance, most notably the Winter Egg of 1913, commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II for this mother.

“In making the film, our greatest stroke of good fortune was accessing Fabergé’s Winter Egg of 1913,” explained one of the film’s producers, Alice Ilich.

20170328 Faberge insertFabergé’s Winter Egg of 1913, private collection“Many Fabergé authorities consider this to be the Holy Grail, the single most remarkable object ever created by the company. The effect perfectly captures the end of the unforgiving Russian winter, the arrival of Easter and promise of spring. We are thrilled to share exclusive footage with audiences around the world.”

Made of rock crystal carved to look like frost, platinum and more than 3,000 diamonds, it was sold at auction for $9.6 million in 2002.

The egg’s “surprise,” or interior scene, when opened is a platinum basket filled with quartz, nephrite, gold and garnet flowers, set in gold designed to look like moss.

The Winter Egg of 1913 was the work of designer Alma Pihl in the Faberge atelier. Pihl was 23 years old and an anomaly for being a top female designer at the house.


The film was executive produced by Mark Stewart and produced by Ilich, Patrick Mark and Ludovic Lindsay.

It picked up awards at the Newport Beach Film Festival, the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the Beverly Hills Film Festival.

“Making this film has been a wonderful experience,” the film’s writer and director Mark said. “Holding a Fabergé egg in your hands is a truly intimate experience because they were such personal gifts, each one marking a particular moment in the lives of the ultimately tragic Romanovs. These emotional echoes, added to the incredible workmanship, make Fabergé's creations endlessly fascinating.”




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