In 1885, Tsar Alexander III initiated the custom of presenting his wife, Maria, with a Faberge egg each Easter. Nicholas II continued the family tradition by giving both his mother, Maria, and his wife, Alexandra, an Easter egg by Faberge each year. By 1916, the firm had created a total of 50 Imperial Easter eggs. This egg, gifted to Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1931 by her daughter Eleanor Close Barzin, is comprised of pink enamel panels with miniature allegorical scenes of the arts and sciences, surrounded by gold, diamonds, and pearls. It was presented by Nicholas II to his mother, Maria Fedorovna, on Easter morning in 1914. The surprise in this egg was a mechanical sedan chair, with Catherine the Great seated inside. By the time the egg was purchased by Barzin, the surprise had already been separated from the egg and the whereabouts are unknown.