Sunday, 12 January 2020

Fabulous Faberge

The House of Fabergé was founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg by Gustav Faberge. In 1885, the House of Fabergé was bestowed with the coveted title "Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown", beginning an association with the Russian tsars. Gustav was followed by his son Peter Carl Fabergé, until the firm was nationalized by the Bolsheviks in 1918.
In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the House of Fabergé to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna. The House of Fabergé completed 50 Imperial eggs, of these, 43 are known to have survived. Following the end of the Soviet Union and the rise of the oligarchs, Russian collectors sought to repatriate Fabergé's works and auction prices reached record highs.

On 27 November 2007, the Rothschild Fabergé Egg was auctioned at Christie's for £8.98 million. The Rothschild egg became the record price for a piece of Fabergé as well as the highest price ever paid for a Russian object and the most expensive price for a timepiece.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé workshop, Saint Petersburg, Carl Fabergé (workmaster). Scarab Brooch, about 1900. Garnet, gold, diamonds, rubies, enamel, silver.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé firm, St. Petersburg, Julius Rappoport (workmaster), Bratina, about 1900. Silver gilt, enamel, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, garnets, blue topaz, pearls.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé workshop, Mikhail Perkhin (workmaster). Miniature Easter Egg Pendant, about 1900. Chalcedony, gold, white gold, diamonds.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé firm, St. Petersburg, Erik Kollin (workmaster), Terrestrial Globe, before 1899, rock crystal, gold, compass.

Crown Brooch, 1890–1910, silver gilt, sapphires, rubies, diamonds.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé workshop, Miniature Easter Egg Pendants, about 1900, gold, enamel, silver, pearls, diamonds, rubies, emerald.

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé workshop, Fantasy Fish Server or Centrepiece, 1896–1908, silver

Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), Fabergé firm, Moscow, Rabbit Pitcher, before 1899, silver, gold, garnets