The first porcelain Easter egg appeared in Russia in 1749 when Empress Catherine II got it from the founder of Russian porcelain Dmitriy Vinogradov. Later Vinogradov became the director of Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory. Porcelain Easter eggs became popular in the era of Catherine II and her son Pavel I. Since that time each year the Factory delivered to The Romanovs approx. 200 unique handmade porcelain Easter eggs. During the reign of Alexander III and his son Nikolay II, .