1889 Nécessaire Egg
III to Maria Feodorovna
Made in Saint Petersburg
The Nécessaire Egg is one of the missing eggs. Known is that it contained a small 13-piece manicure set.
In March 2008 it was announced in the British Magazine Country Life, (March 20, 2008, 60-61) that Kieran McCarthy of Wartski in London, recently identified an anonymous object exhibited at Wartski in 1949 as the missing Nécessaire Egg. No picture of it was known to exist, but very recently, Mr. McCarthy found several photographs in his firm's archives that included a small, grainy view of the egg. He also discovered that, in 1952, Wartski bought the egg and sold it to "a stranger" for £1,200. That was the last that was seen of it...
Above the only known image of the egg, at Wartski's in 1949, with the Countess of Suffolk and Sacheverell Sitwell. Source: The Fabergé Research Site - Recent Discoveries.
Update April 2014: In The ultimate Easter egg: Fabergé Egg in London, by Hetty Chidwick, dated 9 April 2014, a much better version of the only known photo of the Egg was shown, copied here below. Sure now it must be possible to find this Egg!
(Fabergé Imperial Nécessaire Egg - Courtesy Country Life)
Below part of the article by Mary Miers in Country Life.
The picture below is not the Fabergé Egg, but a 17th century nécessaire egg!
Example of a nécessaire egg.
Picture © The Hermitage Museum
page updated: April 18, 2014