To glam this Friday up, I - of course - have a new Fabergé object for you! This time it's an egg-shaped cup, made by workmaster Erik Kollin, sometime between 1896-1901.
This egg-shaped cup was made to be given as a traditional gift on Easter morning. It's made of rock crystal, standing on a foot of gold. On top of the lid sits a finial of moonstone, caved out in the form of Minerva's head. The finial is also decorated with a band of rose-cut diamonds and cabochon rubies. The foot is enameled with the letters X.B for Christoss Voskress - Christ is risen. The size of the cup is 4.4'' x 1.8'' (11.1 x 4.5 cm), and it was probably acquired by Queen Alexandra. Since 1953 it has been part of the Royal Collection.