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Peter Carl Fabergé
Red Cross Egg, 1915 — Peter Carl Fabergé,

This uniquely minimal Fabergé Imperial Easter egg is inscribed in beautiful, elongated Russian, saying — "Greater Love hath no man than this, to lay down his life for his friends"

When Tzar Nicholas II presented this egg to his mother, Maria Feodorovna in 1915, she was serving as the head of the Russian branch of the International Red Cross. Feodorovna had been the president of the Russian Red Cross since 1894. This eggs signature 'surprise' is a folding screen of five oval miniature portraits of women from the House of Romanov, each wearing the uniform of the Red Cross.

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