1889 Nécessaire Egg

Gift Alexander III to Maria Feodorovna
Made in Saint Petersburg

The Nécessaire Egg is one of the missing eggs. Known is that it contained a small 13-piece manicure set.

In March 2008 it was announced in the British Magazine Country Life, (March 20, 2008, 60-61) that Kieran McCarthy of Wartski in London, recently identified an anonymous object exhibited at Wartski in 1949 as the missing Nécessaire Egg. No picture of it was known to exist, but very recently, Mr. McCarthy found several photographs in his firm's archives that included a small, grainy view of the egg. He also discovered that, in 1952, Wartski bought the egg and sold it to "a stranger" for £1,200. That was the last that was seen of it...

Necessaire Egg as Published in Country Life, March, 2008
(Courtesy Wartski)

Above the only known image of the egg, at Wartski's in 1949, with the Countess of Suffolk and Sacheverell Sitwell. Source: The Fabergé Research Site - Recent Discoveries.

Update December 2017

Fabergé Imerial Necessaire Egg - left

Thanks to a lady in the UK, we now have a good image of the 1889 Imperial Easter Egg! The image was found online but the original poster could not be tracked. Fact however is that the Egg is next to the gold chalice that was later bought by Marjorie Merriweather Post (see Collectors) and known to have been exhibited in London in 1935. Below is an enlarged image of the Egg. Both images, courtesy Wartski.

Fabergé Imperial Necessaire Egg

Read all about this discovery at Wartski's website and in the Daily Mail. Now, let's find this Egg! It is believed to be in the UK, but of course could have traveled the world too!

Update April 2014: In The ultimate Easter egg: Fabergé Egg in London, by Hetty Chidwick, dated 9 April 2014, a much better version of the only known photo of the Egg was shown, copied here below. Sure now it must be possible to find this Egg!

Fabergé Necessaire Egg
(Fabergé Imperial Nécessaire Egg - Courtesy Country Life)

Below part of the article by Mary Miers in Country Life.

Country Life March 20, 2008 The World's Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

The picture below is not the Fabergé Egg, but a 17th century nécessaire egg!

Other necessaire egg
Example of a nécessaire egg.
Picture © The Hermitage Museum


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