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Faberge's Eggs by Toby Faber
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May 25, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, romanov, non-fiction
Read in May, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

This was a great comprehensive look at Faberge’s life, his work, and his relationship with the Russian Imperial Family. After Alexander III first began the tradition of giving a Faberge egg to his wife every Easter, Faberge’s skill and attention to detail flourished each year. Upon Alexander’s death, his son Nicholas II would continue the custom, commissioning elaborate eggs for both his mother and his wife. Faber’s book details many of these imperial eggs, and traces their histories through the revolution, through the century, and around the world. This book also illustrates the decadence of pre-revolutionary czarist Russia. Faberge’s workshops created the most ornate and sought-after jewelry and trinkets in the world until WWI and the communist uprising devastated any market for such frivolities. Regardless, Faberge’s eggs were impressive creations, each unique and spectacular in their craftsmanship and originality.

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