'The Pine Cone Egg' made by a Faberge workmaster in St Petersburg, Russia in 1900 is to be auctioned at Christie's in New York on April 15 1997.
The "pine cone" jewelled and guilloche enamel Easter egg, made by Fabergé and containing a silver and enamel automaton elephant. Photo: Christie's.
Faberge Kelch Pine Cone Egg 1900. Surprise is oxidized silver Indian elephant automaton with ivory tusks supporting an enameled turbaned mahout seated upon a gold fringed red and green guilloche enamel saddle cloth. Each side is set with three rose-cut diamond collets, one covers a keyhole. When wound with the original gold key, the tiny elephant, lumbers forward, shifting its weight from one side to the other, all the while turning its head and flicking its tail.
Kelch The Pine Cone Egg, gold, diamonds, platinum, silver, velvet, ivory, enamel, 1900. The pine cone is a symbol of Resurrection. Presented by the entrepreneur Alexander Kelch to his wife Barbara (Varvara) Kelch-Bazanova. Collection Joan Kroc, San Diego, US