The history of the old tradition of precious and unique Faberge eggs for Easter
The famous Farberge eggs are today a priceless masterpiece. Back in 1885, the first Farberge egg was created. Russian Emperor Alexander III. He commissioned master Peter Karl Faberge to make an egg for the empress. Thus began the imperial family tradition of giving each other expensive eggs as a result of celebrating Easter.
Faberge was then held in high esteem by the Russian imperial family. They even allowed the use of the coat of arms of the Romanovs (the famous double eagle) in the form of a sign for the Faberge craft.
The jeweler Gustav Faberge then founded his own workshop.
The business became the pinnacle of European craftsmanship after Gustav’s son Petar Karlo joined the business. Orders from the court begin to arrive. The workshop receives international recognition for the detailed craftsmanship of the Faberge family. The business is expanding, so the Faberge workshop was once the largest Russian company with as many as 500 employees. There were branches in Moscow, Kiev, Odessa, Petrograd and London. A total of almost 150,000 pieces of jewelry and art objects made of gold, gems and platinum were produced. Each piece was unique. The first egg produced hid a surprise and was produced for Maria Fedorovna. Inside the egg was a miniature replica of a crown with a ruby in a golden yolk. Russian Emperor Alexander dies in 1894. His son Nicholas II takes over the throne and continues the tradition of Faberge eggs. Nicholas II ordered one egg for his mother and one egg for his wife.
Fabrege’s workshop continued to work until 1917.
Each egg depicted an event from Russian history. For example, the egg from the Emperor from 1912 celebrated the male heir to the throne. A portrait of the young prince was hidden in the egg. There are also eggs that represent the Kremlin, palaces, even the Trans-Siberian railway. Faberge leaves Russia after the execution of the Russian imperial family in the revolution that swept Russia. Many artisans go to the army. The emperor orders grenades instead of eggs. The company was nationalized in 1918.
The Bolsheviks mostly sold the expensive Faberge eggs to foreign collectors during the looting of the Imperial Palace. The times in Russia and the rest of the world were chaotic, so the eggs were mostly lost, as were the contents of the eggs. Some Faberge eggs can be found today in private collections (for example the Forbes collection) or in museums.
Licensed company Faberge Co. Based in New York, today it produces Faberge eggs. Faberge Co. is also the legal heir of the original trade. Victor Mayer is the master jeweler and exclusive master of Fabergé eggs. Mr. Mayer worthily follows the ancient tradition started by the famous Peter Karl Faberge.
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