Faberge Eggs: Imperial Russian Fantasies

Christopher Forbes
Faberge Eggs: Imperial Russian Fantasies. In Imperial Russia, where the Orthodox Christian Easter celebrating the Resurrection of Christ was the most important holiday of the year, gaily decorated eggs were exchanged with the glad tidings, "Christ Is Risen." It remained for the Romanov Czars to raise this charming custom to the level of imperial luxury. And Peter Carl Faberge, jeweler extraordinary, was the guiding genius responsible for these ultimate Easter eggs, aptly described by Rita Reif, antiques editor of The New York Times, as "glittering baubles made for a Czar." As "eggs" they are perhaps the most extravagant expression of a centuries-old tradition; as objects they mark one of the crowning achievements of the art of the goldsmith and the jeweler. Faberge's masterpieces were the delight of the Romanov Court, the nobility, and the wealthy in Russia and in Europe. Here in this striking volume, Faberge Eggs: Imperial Russian Fantasies, they are presented in a way that will bring enjoyment to countless lovers of art and beauty everywhere with their splendor and virtuosity. Includes A Catalogue Raisonne of Imperial Eggs with line drawings of all known Faberge eggs presented by Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II to Czarinas Maria Feodorovna and Alexandra Feodorovna. The sizes, workmaster, and present location are given where known. This beautiful collectible book measures 16" x 11 ½".

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