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THE ART OF THE EASTER EGG

WHAT IT IS

My most prized collection from Germany is my collection of Easter eggs.  These Ostereier are genuine eggs that have been blown clean and decorated exquisitely in a variety of ways.  They appear each spring in shops and markets across Germany and Austria, among other countries–I visited one shop in Salzburg that was dedicated entirely to these amazing eggs.  I purchased most of my eggs at  Andechs Abbey.  Famous for its brewery, this monastery also hosts an Ostereiermarkt each year.  Egg artists fill the Andechs hall with their booths, each displaying eggs of a distinct style.  Their work is incredible.

These eggs were painted in the traditional German style.

Beautiful designs were etched on to these.


Painstakingly decorated with miniscule pieces of straw, this egg is astounding to me.

These are painted with miniature scenes.  The egg on the left is decorated with a local Bavarian church.  The one on the right depicts Salzburg (and I believe that I did indeed purchase that one in Salzburg).

 Slightly more modern in style, these appear to be done in acrylics.

This egg is most delicately painted with the words of the Lord’s Prayer, with results that are cleaner than what I can produce on a flat piece of paper!

This egg is my favorite. Tiny holes were made in the eggshell using a dentist’s drill, and somehow these intricate flowers were embroidered onto it. I think that it is a miniature masterpiece.

My twin boys decorated several of their own eggs in their German kindergarten, from shells that we had blown clean.  I was going to include those in this post, but I see that this is getting lengthy, so I will follow-up with a post on “Kinder-art eggs,” (and I’ll include a few more eggs that I couldn’t fit into this post)!

BRING IT HOME

I securely packed these delicate works of art and brought them home! I display them each year by carefully hanging them on branches, as I have seen done in Germany.  As you may know from my “Little Christmas” post, I do like to be liturgical about things; I keep my Christmas decorations up until Epiphany, and I keep my eggs on display throughout the Easter Season, until Pentecost.

They’re so beautiful, I really don’t like to take them down.  In fact, one year I kept them up until Halloween.

I might just do that again this year. :-)  Happy Easter!

43 Comments

  1. So intricate, wow!
    Beautiful!
    anne

  2. The art is exceptional! Easter has never looked more beautiful :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • What a lovely comment! I fully agree, Choc Chip Uru–these eggs truly add to the beauty of the Easter season. :-)

  3. What a beautiful post! True works of art…

  4. Masterpieces! Definitely! I must say I’m quite partial to the acrylic, almost Gustav Klimt-esque egg. Stunning! I agree, your egg collection must be on display at times other than Easter!

    • I’m glad you like them, FoodFrenzy! Each style really is so special in its own way. :-)

  5. They are lovely! The market in Andechs was featured on Bavarian TV just a couple of days ago!

    • As well it should be! Have you been there?

      • No, it’s a bit too far, but have been to small local ones before. I only tend to travel further if it’s a plant market! :-) (Plants are my weakness!)

    • Understood! I’ve just returned home with a carload of tomato plants, honeysuckle, flowers, and native azaleas and mountain laurel. :-) (Now–if I could only get my boys to dig all those massive holes!)

  6. these eggs are amazing and,i wish i had one so badly!!!!!!!

    • Glad you like them, Sharon! Keep your eyes open–you never know when you might spot some. :-) There are do-it-yourself kits around; I have one for blowing and creating metalic eggs (we still haven’t done that yet…!) I’m sure you could order online, too, if you’re really wanting some. My Daily Denmark posted two links for the Royal Danish design–you can find those links in the comments of my Art of the Easter Egg Part II post. Good luck!

  7. What a gorgeous post! I love the way you display these too.
    I brought back a few traditional Polish Easter eggs from a visit one year, and they’re sitting on my hearth right now. Not so ornate as these though.

    • Thank you so much, Jo! I do enjoy displaying these each year. Often, Germans will hang their eggs on flowering branches–which is really lovely–but I bought these sticks from a craft store years ago, and I just store them with the eggs and reuse them every year.

  8. These are so lovely! We used to do this (to a lesser degree :) ) when I was a little girl. It takes a lot of work to blow the egg out from very small holes! If anybody reading is inspired to try this, I suggest using brown eggs because the shells are thicker, therefore a little more forgiving…although white may be a better starting palette?? There is never a right answer is there?! Happy Almost Easter!

  9. Sam

    Gorgeous! I hope they have these up north as well – I will have to take a look around this weekend.

    • I understand they’re everywhere in Northern and Eastern Europe and . Did you find any?

    • Hey Sam! I thought I replied, but I guess it didn’t “take.” I’m wondering if you ever found some of those eggs? I thought that they were all over Deutschland and even into the Netherlands.

  10. A very pretty collection!!

  11. Gina

    The pictures on this post are beautiful and colorful. I love your centerpiece; it’s gorgeous. Each egg is a work of art; collectively, it makes for a one-of-a-kind and dramatic centerpiece.

    • Thank you, Gina! I love it, too. I agree that it makes a wonderful centerpiece–although the eggs are so spread out, it’s difficult to use the table for dining! Still, I’m happy to look at them, safely dangling there. :-)

  12. Wow that really is some collection! Some of them are truly eye-catching!

    • Yhank you, Mehmudah. I really do enjoy putting them on display each year.

  13. These are stunning! What a lovely collection. I think my favorite is the egg with the daisies. The detail work on all of these is amazing.

    • Thank you, Becky. I am stunned by the artwork of these, as well. Do you like the one with the daisies made of straw? It must take a remarkable amount of patience to create something like that!

  14. Your collection is very pretty too. Like your blog!

  15. gatechfan

    Wow…..

  16. What an interesting collection! I kind of wanted to try and make something like this for easter. Some cool ideas here.

    • Thank you, cupcakes! Some of these clearly require a lot of skill, but I did purchase some basic marbled ones as “fillers” because they were a lot less expensive than the truly classy ones. I’m sure that some styles would be easy to reproduce (in fact, my boys made some nice ones even when they were 4 years old!)

  17. How truly amazing, I could have happily looked at more, so I’m joyfully anticipating your next post! I didn’t know about that tradition, but how very beautiful. I feel I want to go to Germany to an Easter market now.

    • Yes, why don’t you pop on over! :-) I was delighted to attend that market at Andechs–it is a lovely venue, and I went with a dear friend of mine, so it was a thoroughly enjoyable day. (And, the full story about this post is, I had spent days on it already, it was midnight, and I was ready to “publish”! I also realized, as I was “uploading media” that I do have plenty of photos for another post, besides. So, I thank you sincerely for your kind words and joyful aniticipation.)

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