Faberge: A Life of its Own
An award-winning documentary “Fabergé: A Life of Its Own” recounts the roller coaster story of the House of Fabergé, one of the most prestigious names in luxury.
The work of Peter Carl Fabergé, and the jewelry firm begun by his father, first came to the attention of the Russian royal family when Tsaritsa Maria — recipient of the Third Imperial egg — bought her husband a pair of Fabergé cufflinks. The patronage of the Tsars, who commissioned the legendary Imperial eggs as family Easter gifts, and gifted thousands of Fabergé items to dignitaries and dignitaries they visited, meant that in 1900, Peter Carl oversaw a firm of 300 craftsmen and workers, all housed in one St Petersburg building.
Along with the eggs and other items only available to the wealthiest in society, Fabergé also made smaller and more affordable items, but with the same attention to detail and wit. He allowed his best craftsmen, known as workmasters, to initial their works, thus creating sub-sets of Fabergé that would, in time, become catnip to collectors.
Read even more about Fabergé from Christie’s here.
If you have an individual piece in your collection and you’re not quite sure of its history or value? Contact Steven Schiffman from D. Atlas Estates at 610.245.3100 to learn more about Fabergé and value of pieces that might be hidden treasures in your jewelry box or closet.
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