Peter Carl Faberge
made a total of 65 jewelled eggs
The chronological narrative of the book ends with the late flowering of stylish and luxurious productions made by Carl Faberge
(1846-1920) and his workshops for the Russian imperial court.
Czar Nicholas II, who ruled from 1894 until the Russian Revolution in 1917, took the ancient tradition to an imperial level by presenting the czarinas, his wife Alexandra, and his mother Maria, with extravagant eggs of precious jewels and gold (a total of 50) created by the famous jeweler Peter Carl Faberge
Russian Czar Alexander III commissioned the first of the elaborate eggs from craftsman Peter Carl Faberge
as an Easter gift for his wife Empress Maria Fedorovna.
It is an artistic form that grew popular in the Middle Ages and dates back to the Celts and the Romans and influenced Russian jeweler Carl Faberge
The tradition of decorating hard boiled eggs at Easter however has been around since the 13th century, although the most famous decorated Easter eggs were those made by goldsmith, Peter Carl Faberge
The work of Carl Faberge
(1846-1920) echoes the events of his time and is intimately associated with the turbulent Russian history at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The egg, made of 24-carat gold and nine inches tall, was made by Sarah Faberge, great-granddaughter of Peter Carl Faberge
, goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia.
Last year, Sarah Faberge, greatgranddaughter of the jeweller to the Russian Imperial family, Carl Faberge
, created the George Best Egg in homage to the Manchester United football legend, and in support of the George Best Foundation.
But the ones that command the highest value are those from the St Petersburg workshop in Russia of one of history's most important craftsman - Carl Faberge
The chair - made of gold and enamel by famed jeweller Carl Faberge
- was included in a two-day Russian art sale.
On April 5, visitors to the Jewellery Quarter museum have a rare opportunity to design their own Faberge egg using crafts and materials as inspired by Russian goldsmith Carl Faberge
With Jimmy Choo shoes and a tiara designed by Carl Faberge
, Lady Tamara stunned the crowds, who cheered as she made her way into the cathedral followed by six bridesmaids.
She also sported a tiara designed by Carl Faberge
in the style of a laurel wreath set with cushion-shaped diamonds.
But for members of the Russian imperial family at the beginning of the 20th century, they meant something else entirely: exquisite hand-crafted little enameled jewels, decorated with gold, diamonds and rubies, from the workshop of Carl Faberge