Faberge Pieces Displayed for First Time

EDINBURGH, Scotland – A collection of pieces by the Russian jeweler Carl Faberge and owned by the British royal family is being displayed to the public for the first time.

The exhibition of more than 300 of Faberge’s creations, including four of his famous eggs and several tiny animals, birds and reptiles, opened at the Queen’s Gallery at the royal palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh on Friday.

Faberge, who was given extensive patronage by the Russian Czars of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, also made gifts of his works to the British royal family.
Later generations continued to collect his tiny masterpieces. Queen Mother Elizabeth, who died in March 2002, was noted for her interest in Faberge’s flower ornaments.
Exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut said she expected great interest in the collection, which will transfer to London later in the year.
“The enduring appeal is due to a sense of nostalgia for the last days of the Romanov dynasty but also because he produced such charming and varied works made with exquisite materials,” she said.
“I think these are still objects which people find interesting and beautiful, even though they are very much products of their time.”
Faberge took over his father’s goldsmith business in St. Petersburg in 1872 and was appointed supplier to the Imperial court of Russia in 1885.
He was known for his handmade pieces which incorporated gold, gemstones and enameling in a style inspired by both oriental art and Art Nouveau.
The renowned eggs Faberge produced for the Russian royal family took at least a year to produce. Each hinged egg was richly decorated with designs relating to the year’s events in the Imperial household and usually opened to reveal a surprise, such as a singing bird or an ornamental tree.

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