- 6.4 Inches Tall x 3.1 Inches in Diameter
- 16.2 cm Tall x 7.8 cm Diameter
- The Basket is 2.5 Inches Tall (6.3 cm) x 2.3 Inches (5.8 cm) Wide
- Enamel Gold Plated with Austrian Crystals
- Hand Painted
- Gift Boxed
The Basket of Flowers egg is a jeweled enameled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweler Peter Carl Faberge in 1901. The egg was made for Nicholas II of Russia, who presented it to his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
If the egg had a surprise (as all Faberge eggs ever made did) there is no good record of what it was and none has survived with the current egg. It is not known what may have become of the surprise or when it may have been lost or how. The egg was executed by one of Faberge's work masters, but the name of the work master was not recorded and the egg itself bears no maker's marks or other hallmarks of its manufacture, at one point leading to some doubts as to its authenticity. It is designed as an egg-shaped silver-gilt oyster guilloche basket containing a bouquet of blossoms of mock orange, daisies, pansies, calla lilies, cornflowers, morning glories, and oats, with the date Inches1901 Inches displayed on the front in diamonds. The egg stands on a blue enameled pedestal (not its original— the original white enamel was likely damaged during the Russian Revolution and has been replaced/ re-enameled with the current blue seen today) and is surmounted by an arcing basket handle of gold and diamonds. Base and egg are also decorated in a trellis work of diamonds.