An early Maria Feodorovna blue ground Imperial porcelain presentation Easter egg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Saint Petersburg, 1883-1894. The egg with an unusual and rare dark turquoise ground, both front and back of the egg with Empress Maria Feodorovna’s Imperial cypher in engraved and gilded Old Slavonic letters, the upper aperture with a complex interlace surround in matt and polished gilding, the lower aperture with a polished gilt rosette. Height 4 ½ in. (11.4 cm).
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