Fabergé Eggs are so beautiful and it is such a pity that paper (or web pages) cannot show you the sheer beauty of them. You have to go to museums and exhibitions to really see and feel the beauty.
When I saw my first Egg in Berlin in 2004 I was so moved; the Eggs seemed to live, the glitter and shining, they were so much more beautiful and totally different than I had imagined.
To see the Eggs you will have to travel the world. If you are lucky there might be an exhibition in your country or in a country nearby. You will have to visit musea all over the world, and still some Eggs you will not see for they are in private collections.
But not everyone can travel and so I am very pleased to show you what I have assembled on the internet. Earlier I had Flash movies on this page, but all the problems with that program made me search for something else. Fortunately there are some very, very nice movies on YouTube, and everyone should be able to see those. These little movies will give you an idea how the Eggs look, seeing them from different angles. You might even see a diamond glitter or sparkle from time to time!
A very interesting and beautiful YouTube movie the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg put on YouTube. The eight Imperial and one Kelch Easter Eggs are shown in front of the camera, in close-up, showing details that I never had seen before. You can see too how the Eggs open, how the surprises move and how they fit in the Egg.
These nine Eggs in the move are: (sequence they appear)
1897 Coronation Egg(while Forbes Collection)
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has their five Eggs online too. Here they are:
The Royal Collection Queen Elizabeth II:
1901 Basket of Flowers Egg (Vimeo)
1914 Mosaic Egg (YouTube)
Fondation Edouard et Maurice Sandoz Les Oeufs Fabergé
1887 Third Imperial Egg (BBC)
1911 15th Anniversary Egg (YouTube)
1902 Rothshild Egg (Christie's)
1913 Winter Egg Auction 2002 (Christie's)
The Peacock Clock in the Hermitage Museum is generally accepted to be a source of inspiration for Fabergé's 1908 Peacock Egg. Clock you can see in motion here. (Courtesy Juan F. Déniz)\
Old black and white Pathé and British Movietone News reels where you can see Egs:
On YouTube there are a LOT of movies, documentaries and "whathaveyou"! Many display a combination between old and "new" Fabergé but there are some really good ones too.
Here are some I think are very good:
The Czar's Fabergé Eggs - Documentary (in 5 parts). With Dr. Géza von Habsburg, Christopher Forbes, Margaret Kelly Trombly, Robert Massie, John Traina and Anne Odom. Very worthwhile! (1998)
Treasures of the World (1999): 3. The Fabergé Eggs Mementos of a Doomed Dynasty /4 The Notorious Hope Diamond - Fabergé starts at 1.56 minutes. Click here!
Fabergé - Ostereier für die Zaren - Bernd Boehm in Association with ARTE. Berlin, Germany: Boehm-Lutz Filmproduktion, 2009. (In German)Produced for German and French television audiences the story of Fabergé is told by an actor portraying Karl Fabergé. A majority of the 50 known Fabergé Easter eggs scattered in museums and private collections are shown as the story of Nicholas and Alexandra unfolds. Two fictional eggs shown in the scenes from the movies, Octopussy (2003) and Ocean’s Twelve (2004), are appended at the end along with footage for The Forbes Magazine Collection sale and the auction of the 1902 Rothschild Egg. (Description courtesy Fabergé Research Site)
Karl Fabergé and the Russian Imperial Family - Dr Géza von Habsburg - July 14, 2011 for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Fabergé Revealed. ... scholarly hour long presentation!
Page updated: January 18, 2017