A Different Kind of Fabergé Egg

Quick: what image comes to mind when I mention the name Karl Fabergé? Probably not a plate of breakfast.

It may not be the opulent Easter eggs that bear his name, but Fabergé's jeweled rendition of a Russian breakfast still fetched quite a princely sum, it just sold at auction for $1.1 million:

The stone-cut jeweled still life depicts a leftover breakfast plate with a fried egg (made from amber and white enamel), two fish (silver — one whole, one just a skeleton), a glass of vodka (rock crystal), cigarette butts (quartz and silver), and a newspaper (silver) from 18 October 1905 — the day the Tsar signed the October Manifesto in an attempt to quell unrest in Russia by granting the people various civil liberties and democratic reforms.


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I know things were bad in Russia, but did they really just throw fried eggs on top of the newspaper like that, half on the paper and half on the table?
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