A porcelain Easter egg painted with a wooden church set against a forest landscape within an oval gilded frame. The reverse is decorated with Cyrillic letters ‘HV’, initials for ‘Christ Has Risen‘, on a white ground
The egg depicts one of the northern Russian wooden churches that were built in the eighteenth century. Easter eggs with views of Russian churches especially appealed to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna. In the reports of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, there is an instruction to “continue producing Easter eggs that depict churches, in accordance with Her Majesty’s wish”.