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Fabergé eggs are jeweledeggsthatweremade by the famousRussianjeweler, the House of Fabergé,from 1885 to 1917. The eggsweremade of valuablemetals or stonescoatedwithbeautifulcolors and
The firstFabergé egg was crafted for TsarAlexander III, who gave his wife, the EmpressMariaFedorovna, an Easter egg to celebratetheir 20th weddinganniversary. He placed an orderwith a youngjeweler, PeterCarlFabergé, whosebeautifulcreations had caughtMaria’s eye earlier. On Eastermorning of 1885, whatappeared to be a simpleenameled egg was delivered to the palace. But to the delightoftheEmpress, the egg opened to a goldenyolk; within the yolk was a golden hen; and concealedwithin
the hen was a diamondminiature of the royalcrown and a tinyruby egg. Unfortunately, the last two surprises are now lost to history.
EmpressMaria was so delighted by thisgiftthatAlexanderappointedFabergé a “goldsmithbyspecialappointment to the ImperialCrown.” The TsaralsoaskedFabergé to make an Easter egg everyyear. The requirementswerestraightforward: Each egg must be unique, and eachmustcontain a pleasantsurprise. Withexcellentcraftsmanship and an inventivespirit, PeterFabergé and his successorsrepeatedly met the challenge. The House of Fabergé madeapproximately 50 ImperialEasterEggs for TsarAlexander III and his son Nicholas II until 1917, when the Russianrevolutionbroke out.
Today, the term “Fabergé eggs” has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regardedasmasterpieces of the jeweler’s art. Moresignificantly, perhaps, theyserve as reminders of the lastRussianimperialfamily.
【題組】37. Whatwentmissingfrom the firstFabergé egg?
(A)A golden hen and a ruby egg. (B) A golden hen and a goldenyolk.
(C) A ruby egg and a diamondcrown. (D) A goldenyolk and a diamondcrown.