Google hatches doodle to honor Peter Carl Fabergé, of egg fame

Posted May 30, 2012, at 5:18 a.m.

We’ve grown used to seeing Google gift us with “Easter eggs” — such screen tricks, say, as “let it snow” flakes and tilting barrel rolls.

But literal Easter eggs? Today, Google rolls out the high art.

The latest Doodle hatched from the tech titan’s artistic team consists of six gemstone-encrusted eggs, to mark the 166th anniversary of the birth of famed Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé.

In St. Petersburg, Russia, Fabergé was born into the family business on this day in 1846 — Papa was a master with stones and precious decorative art in Imperial Russia — and the son inherited the House of Fabergé nearly a quarter-century later.

Fabergé the Younger gained global fame for his signature eggs, and a turning point came with Moscow’s 1882 Pan-Russian Exhibition, when his gilded art took home the gold, leading to the king of all big-time clients: the Romanovs — as he won favor with Tsar Alexander III.

The Bolsheviks would nationalize Fabergé in 1918 — two years before a “heartbroken” Fabergé died at age 74.