Faberge Catherine the Great Egg 1914. Surprise was mechanical stretcher with Catherine born by two cherubs.1927 sold to Gallery Hammer New York. 1931, bought by Eleanor Barzin as a birthday gift for her mother, Marjorie Merriweather Post. 1973 Marjorie Merriweather Post's collections presented to Museum Hillwood, Washington, DC.
Gold jewel set with two onyx cameo busts of Louis XIII (1601-1643) and Anne of Austria (1601-1666) facing towards each other within a frame of acanthus leaves, interspersed with table-cut diamonds and surmounted by a Royal crown, similarly-set. French, 2nd half of the 17th century.