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Fabergé eggs are jeweled eggs that were made by the famous Russian jeweler, the House of Fabergé,from 1885 to 1917. The eggs were made of valuable metals or stones coated with beautiful colors and
decorated with precious jewels.
The first Fabergé egg was crafted for Tsar Alexander III, who gave his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna, an Easter egg to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. He placed an order with a young jeweler, Peter Carl Fabergé, whose beautiful creations had caught Maria’s eye earlier. On Easter morning of 1885, what appeared to be a simple enameled egg was delivered to the palace. But to the delight ofthe Empress, the egg opened to a golden yolk; within the yolk was a golden hen; and concealed within
the hen was a diamond miniature of the royal crown and a tiny ruby egg. Unfortunately, the last two surprises are now lost to history.
Empress Maria was so delighted by this gift that Alexander appointed Fabergé a “goldsmith byspecial appointment to the Imperial Crown.” The Tsar also asked Fabergé to make an Easter egg every year. The requirements were straightforward: Each egg must be unique, and each must contain a pleasant surprise. With excellent craftsmanship and an inventive spirit, Peter Fabergé and his successors repeatedly met the challenge. The House of Fabergé made approximately 50 Imperial Easter Eggs for Tsar Alexander III and his son Nicholas II until 1917, when the Russian revolution broke out.
Today, the term “Fabergé eggs” has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded asmaster pieces of the jeweler’s art. More significantly, perhaps, they serve as reminders of the last Russian imperial family.
【題組】37. What went missing from the first Fabergé egg?
(A)A golden hen and a ruby egg. (B) A golden hen and a golden yolk.
(C) A ruby egg and a diamond crown. (D) A golden yolk and a diamond crown.