The Fabergè Egg – Precious Collection
The Heritage of the House of Fabergè
Fabergè was founded in 1842 and is the world’s most iconic and revered name in jewellery since Peter Carl Fabergé became an official goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court. The House of Fabergè created exquisite and colourful jewels and objects including the legendary series of lavish and ingenious Imperial Easter Eggs. Peter Carl Fabergé was famous for his artistic use of colour in making the most of each gemstone’s unique characteristics and developing a vibrant enamel palette. His worldwide renowned reputation attracted royalty, nobility, tycoons, industrialists and the artistic intelligentsia of not only in London, Paris and Moscow, but also in the Far East and America as a recognition of the ultimate gift purveyor.
Following the founder’s death in Switzerland, the Fabergè heirs lost the rights to the Fabergè name, which led to a new ownership and direction in October 2007 with the reunification of the Fabergè brand with the Fabergè family. A new chapter in the intriguing story of Fabergé was established, which set the stage for a complete revitalisation of the Fabergé name and philosophy, in relation to its original values, aesthetics and spirit. Today, Fabergè takes inspiration from its legacy to create eternally original pieces that convey breathtaking individuality when worn. Fabergé explores the art of colour through colour through creations that are designed to become future heirlooms by painting with the world’s finest coloured gemstones. Fabergé traces the legacy of excellence in creativity, design and craftsmanship in order to introduce a new era of enchanting and enduring personal possessions and gifts for contemporary connoisseurs.
The Fabergè Egg
The Fabergè Egg is one of a limited number of jewelled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergè and the House of Fabergè between 1885 and 1917. The most significant Fabergè eggs are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers, which are called the ‘Imperial’ Fabergè eggs. The House of Fabergè created 50 eggs, of which 43 have survived. Two more were planned for Easter 1918, but were not delivered due to the Russian Revolution. Fabergè Eggs were made for very selected few privileged individuals such as the Rothschilds, the Vanderbilts and the Kelch. Due to its significance and rarity in the world, it is estimated that about 100 counterfeits were made all over the world and 53 were directly commissioned by the Imperial Family. Fabergè eggs have become symbols of the splendour, power and wealth of the Romanov dynasty and the Russian Empire, priceless treasures to hunt and steal. As such, they have been part of the plot in several films such as Love Among Thieves and The Last Wizard of the Century.
The Imperial Coronation Egg is the most famous and iconic of all the Fabergè eggs.
The Lilies of the Valley was made under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergè in 1898 by Fabergè ateliers. The egg is one of two in Art Nouveau style, which was presented to Tsar Nicholas II and was used as a gift to the Tsaritsa, Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna.
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