Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Peter Carl Faberge - Part I - The Legend

I'm not sure where I had originally learned about Faberge eggs, but I've always been enamored with them. It represents a decadent and imperial Russia from another time. Faberge is legendary for his jewel encrusted eggs but he started out as a jeweler and also created tableware. Faberge was officially named the Russian court's goldsmith. The Faberge eggs come from a russian tradition of giving easter eggs.

A traditional Russian Easter egg.

Faberge eggs are not just beautiful on the outside,
they open to a surprise inside.

Original Faberge Egg with a golden carriage inside.

Up close shot of the golden carriage.

Right Photo: Peter the Great.

Left: Catherine the Great. 1914. Right: I think this is a fabulous egg of
Imperial Portraits. 1911.

This miniature chair is to DIE for. I find myself enchanted by this char. Original Faberge miniature just over 2" tall. Made between 1899 and 1903. Sold by Sotheby's for 2.8 million dollars. Faberge miniatures of furniture are very rare. Made of Gold and enamel.

Faberge's Showroom in St. Petersburg.

Stay tuned for Part II of Faberge.


{this is glamorous} said...

Definitely a girl after my own heart--I've been enamoured with Fabergé eggs for as long as I can remember and that miniature chair is breathtaking!

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Amlekie - I am SOOOOOO disappointed - theres been a glitch in Blogger and all your lovely comments have disappeared into cyberspace. So if you cant find them - its not that I've not published them - it's just well - they've disappeared :-( Hmmmm.

Also - I love this post!!! Its beautiful!! I have to laugh!! I swear we have similar brains! I was surfing around doing searches on Faberge eggs just 2 days ago - tho not as an entire post. I like it I like it.

Ok ok TEst game - what colour am I thinking of?

You write your response here & I'll go and write it on my blog under the photographers garden post!! & let's see if too much time in HK makes everyone think alike !! :-)


All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

PS - I forgot to say - I didnt even get you read your comments - only the first 1/2 of the line of each of them:-(.

PPS - looking forward to Faberge II :-)

Jennifer said...

ATBandB, you're too funny ...
Amlekie, this is an absolutely gorgeous post. I didn't know anything about Faberge before and now, I want to go and find more photos! Can't wait until your next installment. It's amazing to think those little miniatures fit inside those beautiful eggs!

Alkemie said...

Thank you for coming by and all your lovely comments. ATB&B you're cracking me up. I'm sad too because I left several comments uggh. Not sure what happened there.

I've decided on the color Chinese Red. HOw's that for living in HK lol. We'll meet back in the next post and compare.

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