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Know Your Legion of Honor Faberge Eggs: #5 Kelch Bonbonnière Egg

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

The fantastic Artistic Luxury exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum continues. Read all about it here and here.

But what about the Faberge Eggs? Here’s one from 1903: The Kelch Bonbonnière Egg:

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It looks as if it could be an Imperial Egg, the likes of which were given to royal family members back in the day, but it’s a Kelch Egg. The unseen initials B.K. (no, not Blood Killas, nor British Knights, nor Berkelium, nor Burger King) tell the story – they stand for Barbara (aka Varvara) Kelch:

Every year from 1898 until 1904 Alexander Kelch ordered an Easter egg from Fabergé, modeled on the Imperial series, as a present for his wife, who no doubt also paid for them. No doubt, too, that the Kelch eggs cost them considerably more than those made for the Imperial family, given the parsimony of the Romanovs and the generosity of the nouveaux riches. The seven Kelch eggs are as fine, if not even more sumptuous, than those in the Imperial series.”

Mmmmm… sumptuous.

Eggs, precious eggs!