Faberge Flowers

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The fabulous Easter eggs that Carl Fabergé created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Russian imperial family are legendary. Yet few know that during those same years, the renowned goldsmith and jeweler crafted exquisite flowers and fruit for his aristocratic clients throughout Europe, including the crowned heads of Russia and England. Carved from colored hardstones, set on gold stems, and embellished with jewels and enamels, these stunning pieces meticulously replicated real botanical specimens: ...
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From The Publisher The Fabulous Easter Eggs That Carl Faberg? Created In The Late 19Th And Early 20Th Centuries For The Russian Imperial Family Are Legendary. Yet Few Know That ... During Those Same Years, The Renowned Goldsmith And Jeweler Crafted Exquisite Flowers And Fruit For His Aristocratic Clients Throughout Europe, Including The Crowned Heads Of Russia And England. Carved From Colored Hardstones, Set On Gold Stems, And Embellished With Jewels And Enamels, These Stunning Pieces Meticulously Replicated Real Botanical Specimens: Wild Roses, Lilies Of The Valley, Hawthorn Flowers, And Blueberries. This Beautiful Volume Tells For The First Time The Story Of These Tiny Marvels, Most Of Which Disappeared Or Were Sold Following The Russian Revolution. Today, Faberg?'s Existing Botanical Creations, Such As The Wild Rose Collection Of Queen Elizabeth Ii And The Red Currants At The Hermitage Museum In St. Petersburg, Are Found In Museums And Private Collections. Faberg? Flowers Combines Superb Photographs Of These Dazzling Objects Of Fantasy With Texts That Illuminate The Lost World Of Faberg?'s Early Collectors. Author Bio: Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey Is An Independent Scholar Of Russian Decorative Arts And Cultural History. Alexander Von Solodkoff Is A Historian Of Russian Decorative Arts. Joyce Lasky Reed Is The President Of The Faberg? Arts Foundation Of Washington, D.C., And St. Petersburg, Russia. Read more Show Less

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The fabulous Easter eggs that Carl Fabergé created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the Russian imperial family are legendary. Yet few know that during those same years, the renowned goldsmith and jeweler crafted exquisite flowers and fruit for his aristocratic clients throughout Europe, including the crowned heads of Russia and England. Carved from colored hardstones, set on gold stems, and embellished with jewels and enamels, these stunning pieces meticulously replicated real botanical specimens: wild roses, lilies of the valley, hawthorn flowers, and blueberries.

This beautiful volume tells for the first time the story of these tiny marvels, most of which disappeared or were sold following the Russian revolution. Today, Fabergé's existing botanical creations, such as the Wild Rose Collection of Queen Elizabeth II and the Red Currants at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, are found in museums and private collections. Fabergé Flowers combines superb photographs of these dazzling objects of fantasy with texts that illuminate the lost world of Fabergé's early collectors.

Author Bio: Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey is an independent scholar of Russian decorative arts and cultural history. Alexander von Solodkoff is a historian of Russian decorative arts. Joyce Lasky Reed is the president of the Fabergé Arts Foundation of Washington, D.C., and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780810949539
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11
Introduction 17
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever" : the Faberge flowers 27
An astonishing discovery 63
"His greatest patroness" : Queen Alexandra and Faberge's flowers 81
Faberge's London Branch and the London ledgers 100
In search of Faberge flowers in Russia 103
Faberge's flowers : science in the service of art 117
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