Two "lavish and important" Easter eggs created by Carl Faberge, the famous jeweler to the Russian Imperial Family, will be sold at Christie's in Geneva on May 17. The treasures, one an exquisite nephrite "Apple Blossom" egg covered in diamond apple blossoms mounted on gold, the other the glittering "Nobel Ice" beauty decorated in frost-like motifs with seed pearls and rock crystals, were thought to be lost for the past 50 years until their recent reappearance at Christie's. Both eggs are part of the Kelch series commissioned by the St. Petersburg gold mining magnate Alexander Kelch between 1898 and 1904. The third Kelch egg, the "Pine Cone," was sold to Joan Kroc, the fast food heiress, for $3.12 million five years ago. Her money came from eggs too -- the McMuffin ones sold at McDonald's.
The Spanish have already honored Oscar de la Renta, so the French took their turn at the French-American Foundation's Spring Gala at the Plaza. There were lots of Oscar's dresses about -- Mrs. Walter (Tatsie) Curley wore his tulip jacket -- surprising exactly no one. Everyone ate veau farcie and danced to Alex Donner's music. Mariana Nicolesco was a caricature of a diva. She has a wonderful bel canto voice, but refused to sing anything lighthearted and familiar. She did add a special touch, but there were those who were glad she only sang for 15 minutes. Crowds at charities have a notoriously short attention span.