On 30th May 2012, Google honors Carl Fabergé with a picture of his prized and legendary Fabergé eggs on the front search page and so do I. Happy birthday Fabergé!! If the Russian jeweller was alive he would be 166 years old. Known for the famous eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs, but using precious metals and gemstones rather than more mundane materials.
Peter Carl Fabergé was born in Saint Petersburg were he was educated, before moving to Dresden with his family. At this German city, he undertook a course at the Dresden Arts and Crafts School and later he embarked upon a Grand Tour of Europe. During this adventure he received tuition from respected goldsmiths in Germany, France and England, attended a course at Schloss’s Commercial College in Paris, and got inspired by the objects he saw in the galleries of Europe’s leading museums. At the age of 26 he returned to St. Petersburg and married Augusta Julia Jacobs.
After Fabergé took control of the family business, he and his brother Agathon, who was also an extremely talented and creative designer, were a big sensation in Moscow where and highly recognized by the Tsar. Fabergé took over The House with its range of jewels was now the focus of Russia’s Imperial Court. Since then, there was a move from producing jewellery in the then fashionable French 18th century style, to becoming artist-jewellers. This resulted in reviving the lost art of enamelling and concentrating on setting every single stone in a piece to its best advantage.
The first Easter egg was comissioned by the Tsar as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria. Then this Tsar placed an order for another egg the following year. However, from 1887, Carl Fabergé was apparently given complete freedom with regard to design, which then become more and more elaborate. According to the Family tradition, not even the Tsar knew what form they would take: the only stipulation was that each one should contain a surprise. The next Tsar ordered two eggs each year and the tradition continued until October Revolution.
Although they are famed for its Imperial Easter eggs, it made many more objects ranging from silver tableware to fine jewelry. Fabergé’s company became the largest jewellery business in Russia that produced some 150,000 to 200,000 objects from 1882 until 1917.
Fights by collectors around the world, the famous Easter eggs created by Russian jewelers are admired for perfection and considered the ultimate jewelry artworks. The eggs, carefully designed with a combination of enamel, precious metals and stones, hidden surprises and miniatures.
Meet also Jeff Koons artwork: Cracked Egg HERE!