When the Court
jeweler Carl Faberge created his next masterpiece in 1890, the
Easter egg, he drew on important events from Maria
Feodorovna's life, and in doing so he presented her destiny in an
unusually artistic way. In essence, the egg presents the story of her
life in both Russia and
The "surprise" hidden in this Faberge egg, which depicts Maria
Feodorovna's favorite residences, could be thought of as a guide to
this book. In tracing the progression of paintings on this
delicate screen one, can examine the places that were especially dear
to the Danish Princess who became a Russian Empress. There are the
Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, the summer residences at Bernstorf
and Fredensborg, the small "Keizervilla" near Fredensborg, and Villa
Hvidoere in Denmark. Her life in Russia is represented by the
Anichkov Palace in Petersburg, Gatchina Palace, and the Cottage at
Some photographs were given to authors by American historian of
Romanov' Dynasty Stephen de Angelis and the Director of
Slavic and Baltic Division of New York Public Library Edward Kasinec.
In 2010, the English edition was reprinted in paperback
cover with black & white photos only.
This book has been published in Russian, English and Danish.
See also the last published book of the authors
"Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna".