The traditions of Imperial Europe inspired this hand crafted Fabergé evening bag, circa early 1990's. The translucent lush green enamel panels over gold are highlighted by cranberry enamel borders, shimmering prong set Austrian crystals, and a gold diamond cut Venetian box chain. A large Austrian crystal framed in a fluted dome completes this classic design. This fabulous bejeweled egg measures 6" in height and 4" across, with detachable 48" chain so you can carry the egg in your hand or display as a fine piece of art. Enclosed is the original registration form. This original Alexander egg was 'retired' after approximately one hundred were created. A unique gift idea for anyone who wants to feel like a Queen.
Inspired by the beautiful Faberge eggs designed in Imperial Russia, each one of the hand-crafted evening clutches and handbags available from Vivian Alexander is a one-of-a-kind treasure. Furthermore, each piece must meet the exacting standards of Alexander, who has been creating these elite evening purses for more than 20 years.
All are American made in the heart of Louisiana Cajun country. The artisans are personally trained by Alexander and work for a full year before they are allowed to begin the exacting task of creating these one-of-a-kind treasures. Alexander personally guides the creative process and allows only the best pieces to carry the Vivian Alexander logo. To further the desire for perfection, each artisan has their own registered hallmark that is added at completion, after Alexander approves the final outcome.
Alexander is a graduate civil engineer, Army Corps of Engineer retiree, and founder of several unusual and creative enterprises. The first purses made by Alexander were created with an ostrich egg shell, much as native Africans have made canteens for centuries. These first creations led him to produce sculptures along the lines of the famous Fabergé Imperial Russian Easter Eggs. Alexander's work attracted the attention of the Forbes family, until recently the keeper of the world's finest and most extensive Fabergé collection, started by Malcolm Forbes. Alexander was commissioned to create replicas of the most valuable sculptures in the collection. For seven years he worked with the Forbes Museum curator to master the ancient art of enameling and the use of guilloché on precious metals. His enameling work was noted by Christopher Forbes to be the best in the United States.
Today, the elite purses of Vivian Alexander are made of pure silver and enamel. The designs, ranging from classical to abstract, are carried out using gemstones and crystals, and often embellished with Louisiana alligator skin. A lavish use of multi-colored enamel make these evening purses a stunning foil for the most sophisticated evening wear.
The condition is as near to mint as you will find with no evidence that is was ever used by the special lady that previously owned it. Make a lavish entry at your next formal gathering or proudly display as a fine piece of art. It is beautiful beyond description.