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  • Place of origin:

    Russia (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, diamonds set in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 13, shelf D, box 6

  • Public access description

    This small egg was probably presented by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia from 1762-1796, to a member of her court at Easter. Eggs have long been regarded as symbols of the Resurrection of Christ and as appropriate Easter presents. This egg is relatively modest and many would probably have been made like it.

  • Physical description

    Pendant in the form of an egg suspended from a Russian crown composed of diamonds set in silver. The egg is mounted with alternating vertical rows of gold beads and diamonds set in silver. The egg unscrews at its widest point to reveal the monogram of Catherine the Great set in diamonds on a blue glass ground.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 3.9 cm, Width: 1.5 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Diamond-set pendant in the form of an egg suspended from a crown, Russia, about 1790

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection