Monday, April 11, 2011

Mixed Mediums - Fabergé Eggs and Folktales

Russian Faberge Egg
Russian Fabergé Eggs are some of the most exquisite pieces of art in the world. The are intricately designed and hold equally goregeous surprise inside.

"The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give his wife the Empress Maria Fedorovna an Easter Egg in 1885."Made made by the House of Faberge from 1885 through 1917. The majority of these were miniature ones that were popular gifts at Eastertide. They would be worn on a neck chain either singly or in groups.

The most famous eggs produced by the House were the larger ones made for Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. Of the 50 made, 42 have survived. The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones. The term "Fabergé egg" has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweller's art."

Since Easter is a few weeks away on the Roman Catholic calendar I offer you a few stories that are sure to turn you “sunny side up!”


The Boiled Eggs - Danish

The Talking Eggs – Creole/United States

Gollywhopper’s Eggs – A New England Legend

The Magic Egg – Ukraine

The Ostrich-Egg Wife - South Africa

Rumble-Mumble Goose-Egg - Norway

Story of the Duck with the Golden Eggs - Russia

The Story of Swet-Basanta – From Folktales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day, 1912. The story of a beautiful young girl who is hatched from an egg; it is the fifth story in the book.

The Uncooked Eggs - Haiti 


The Talking Eggs Discussion Guide – This discussion guide is connected to the book by Robert San Souci, an adaptation of the Creole folktale.

The Incredible Egg – 4-H 73 page classroom curriculum guide for grades 4-5.'s.pdf

The Case of the Uncooked Eggs – Lesson plan for grade six to complement the Haitian story above.

Education World: Egg Theme Unit  – Elementary science lesson plans.


Golden – From Australia a colorful site full of fun activities, printables, magic tricks and jokes to keep them “yolking” it up! – Eight egg carton crafts.


April 16 happens to be Eggs Benedict Day. Who knew? Here is a recipe to help you celebrate. Any reason for a party works for me!

Eggs Benedict

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Shanda said...

Some very interesting reads!
Thought you might find of interest a blog I wrote on 'My Egg' a couple months ago. Totally different take on Easter eggs though!

Karen Chace said...
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Karen Chace said...

Hi Shanda,

Thank you for your comment and for sharing the lovely childhood memory. I love the idea of the egg offering and the metaphor for giving what you can. Beautiful.

Warm wishes,

Simon Brooks said...

Hi Karen,
I was blessed with the task of photographing I forget how many eggs. They were goose eggs and illustrators and people both famous and not so famous had painted them. Some told stories, some were just great illustrations. Here is a link to my photos of other's eggie tales!

Anonymous said...

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts had a Faberge exhibit about 6 months ago. Only the more simple eggs were displayed. I was so dying to see the ornate ones!

Linda Goodman

Karen Chace said...

I'm with you Linda, it would be a wonderful experience to see the ornate eggs. However, I am sure the exhibit was lovely. Thank you for taking the time to comment.