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> Better yet, some of the correspondence between Faberge and the
> Tzars? The Easter Eggs just happened because Faberge wanted to have
> a dozen guys working on one project for 6 months of the year.
I wonder where this idea came from ?
Tsar Alexander II was killed by political terrorists tossing bomb
under his carriage. His legs were completely blown off, but he was
still able to give an order to take him to the palace where he bled
to death on palace steps. This was shockingly tragic event for the
Maria Fedorovna, wife of his successor Alexander III was especially
influenced by the tragedy. On top of the assassination, prior to
coronation tsar family received basket with pained eggs made of wood
as Easter gift. When one of the eggs was open, it was found to
contain 2 ivory skulls and silver dagger.
There was also a note clarifying symbolism of the gift. This plunged
Maria Fedorovna into deep depression.
Alexander asked Faberge to make a gift for his wife to take her mind
of sense of gloom hanging over the palace. Maria Fedorovna wasn't her
real name. She was princess Dagmar of Denmark. Faberge shrewdly
reasoned that recreating her childhood experiences could accomplish
the task. So he travel to Denmark on fact finding mission, where he
saw large ivory egg in the collection of Denmark Royal Jewels. He was
told that princess Dagmar was very fond of that egg. That was all
that Faberge needed. The very first Faber Egg was almost exact copy
of the Danish egg. The only difference was in hidden surprise. Maria
Fedorovna loved the gift and Alexander ordered Faberge to produce
different egg for every Easter.