St. Martin’s Press, 1995
Copenhagen Venue, 2002
compiled by Christel Ludewig McCanless
Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), Russian court jeweler to Tsar Alexander III and his consort, Marie Fedorovna, and to Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Fedorovna, created Imperial Easter eggs and objets d’art from 1885-1917. The publications below are in chronological order to show the historical development of the House of Fabergé. The tragic story of the last of the Romanovs is told in Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra, 1967.
Journal citations, not included in this selected bibliography, are in McCanless, Fabergé and His Works: An Annotated Bibliography of the First Century of His Art, 1994.
Additional published sources about Fabergé eggs are in Lowes and McCanless, Fabergé Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia, 2001.
Lowes & McCanless, 2001
Hammer, Armand. Quest of the Romanoff Treasure, 1932.
Author describes his travels in the Soviet Union in the early 1920’s and the subsequent export of the Romanoff treasures. Fabergé objects acquired during this time were for sale and exhibited in the 1930’s at the Hammer Galleries in New York City, and in department stores in various cities in the United States.
Bainbridge, Henry Charles. Twice Seven, 1933.
Author, as the manager of the London Fabergé shop, provides first hand knowledge in a few chapters about Carl Fabergé, jeweler to the Russian Imperial Tsars: Alexander III (1845-1894) and his wife, Marie Fedorovna, and Nicholas II (1868-1918) and his wife, Alexandra Fedorovna.
Exhibition of Russian Art at 1 Belgrave Square, London, 1935.
First exhibition of at least eight Fabergé eggs and other objects in the house of Madame Koch de Gooreynd in London to aid the Imperial Russian Red Cross.
Bainbridge, Henry Charles. Peter Carl Fabergé: Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court and the Principal Crowned Heads of Europe, 1949.
First monograph with black/white and color illustrations which brought the art of Fabergé to the attention of the western world.
Wartski, London. Fabergé: A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Carl Fabergé, Jeweller and Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia (1846-1920), and A La Vieille Russie, New York. An Exhibition of His Works: Peter Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court and to the Principal Crowned Heads of Europe, 1949.
Exhibitions held in London and New York City consecutively to coincide with the publication of Bainbridge’s 1949 monograph.
Ross, Marvin C. Fabergé: Illustrated with Objects from the Walters Art Gallery, 1952.
Booklet illustrating the Fabergé collection acquired by art collector Henry Walters in the Fabergé shop in St. Petersburg in 1900, and later willed to the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore (MD).
Snowman, A. Kenneth. The Art of Carl Fabergé, 1953.
Author, chairman of the British jewelry dealer Wartski, arranged the first Fabergé loan exhibition in 1949, and in this book he details the history of the firm and provides technical descriptions of the objets de vertu. (Editor’s note: A revised and enlarged edition with new information was published in 1962. All subsequent editions and impressions are reprints of this edition.)
Wartski, London. Special Coronation Exhibition of the Work of Carl Fabergé, 1953.
Catalog for the first exhibition of 365 Fabergé objects from the collection of Queen Elizabeth II as well as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and other sources, planned to coincide with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
Lesley, Parker. Handbook of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection: Russian Imperial Jewels, 1960.
Catalogue raisonné of the Fabergé collection acquired between 1933-1946 by Mrs. Pratt, wife of a General Motors executive of Fredericksburg (VA). It was willed to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond in 1947 and opened to the public in 1954. Contains black and white illustrations.
A La Vieille Russie, New York. The Art of Peter Carl Fabergé: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Manhattan School of Music, 1961. Second major American exhibition held on the premises of long-time New York City Fabergé dealer, A La Vieille Russie.
Ross, Marvin C. Art of Karl Fabergé and His Contemporaries, 1965.
Monograph with an introduction by Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress to the Post cereal fortune, describes Mrs. Post’s Russian decorative arts collection including Fabergé. In 1977 this collection became part of Hillwood Museum, her former residence, in Washington (DC). Mrs. Post acquired her first Fabergé object in 1927 and more objects were added in the 1930’s.
Hawley, Henry. Fabergé and His Contemporaries: The India Early Minshall Collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, 1967.
Catalogue raisonné for a Fabergé collection acquired by one of the four women collectors in the United States in the 1930-40’s and later willed to museums. The other collections are in New Orleans (LA), Richmond (VA), and Washington (DC).
Snowman, A. Kenneth. Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia, 1979.
Based on information found in two earlier books (Bainbridge, 1949, and Snowman, 1953) the author was able to add to this text color photographs of the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and other member of the British Royal family. New color illustrations of the Moscow Kremlin Fabergé collection are included.
von Habsburg, Géza, and Alexander von Solodkoff. Fabergé, Court Jeweler to the Tsars, 1979.
The authors affiliated with Christie’s, a leading auction house dealing in Fabergé, detail the styles and techniques used by Fabergé, his rivals, and imitators. Included are a list of 40 work masters and their marks, a photographic catalog of the Easter eggs, rare sketches from the Fabergé archives, and pages from the newly discovered sales ledgers from the London Fabergé branch.
Forbes, Christopher, and Armand Hammer. Fabergé Eggs: Imperial Russian Fantasies, 1980.
Poster-size book illustrating miniature as well as full-size Fabergé eggs in The Forbes Magazine Collection in New York City.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla, et al. Carl Fabergé and His Contemporaries, 1980.
Catalog for an exhibition held at The Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki, Finland. Text is in English, Finnish and Swedish.
Snowman, A. Kenneth. Fabergé: Jeweler to Royalty, 1983.
Over two hundred pieces of Fabergé from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other British Lenders were shown at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City. The companion exhibition at A La Vieille Russie of over 560 pieces was extended for a month. The catalog is entitled Fabergé, A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Copper-Hewitt Museum, 1983.
von Solodkoff, Alexander, et al. Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé, 1984.
Edited by Christopher Forbes, this catalogue raisonné of The Forbes Magazine Collection in New York City contains essays describing new discoveries by several Fabergé scholars and is published to coincide with the opening of the permanent installation for the largest Fabergé collection in the United States.
von Habsburg, Géza. Fabergé, Juwelier der Zaren (English title: Fabergé), 1986.
Monograph for 664 objects in the 1986-87 Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung exhibition in Munich, Germany. Contributed essays, extensive color illustrations and chapters on workmasters, marks, competitors and fake Fabergé (Editor’s note: Later called “Fauxbergé”). Text is in German; an English edition was published in 1987.
Brezzo, Steven L., et al. Fabergé: The Imperial Eggs, 1989.
Catalog for the San Diego (CA) exhibition of 27 Fabergé Easter eggs – the largest reunion of eggs since the confiscation of the Imperial family’s property in 1917. Included are comments on the eggs on loan from the Moscow Kremlin, The Forbes Magazine Collection, and other museum and private collections, an illustrated catalog of all known eggs, and a chronology of the House of Fabergé. Russian language text (Fabergé Easter Eggs: Souvenirs Made for the Russian Imperial Family) was published when most of the exhibition was shown in the Moscow Kremlin in early 1990.
Hill, Gerard, et al. Fabergé and the Russian Master Goldsmiths, 1989.
Poster-size color illustrations of nearly 300 objects including Fabergé, a collaborative effort between curators in the United States and the Soviet Union – G.G. Smorodinova and B.L. Ulyanova.
The Great Fabergé: The Art of the Jewellers of the Court Firm, 1990.
Catalog of the first ever Fabergé exhibition held in the Soviet Union and co-organized by the Helsinki jeweler A. Tillander, whose firm was a contemporary of Fabergé’s. Ten Russian museums from Moscow and Leningrad, A La Vieille Russie of New York City, and a number of private collectors in Finland were invited to exhibit at the Elagin Palace in Leningrad in 1989. This catalog in Russian and English inspired by the exhibition was published the following year.
Keefe, John Webster. Masterpieces of Fabergé: The Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, 1993.
Revised edition of the 1972 catalogue raisonné by Fagaly and Grady with color illustrations of the Fabergé collection on permanent loan to the New Orleans (LA) Museum of Art.
von Habsburg, Géza, and Marina Lopato. Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler, 1993.
Monograph to accompany exhibition sponsored by the Fabergé Arts Foundation, Washington (DC), and the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition of 369 objects, photographs, and drawings traveled during 1993-94 from the State Hermitage Museum to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and then to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Separate Russian, French, and English editions of the catalog were published.
McCanless, Christel Ludewig. Fabergé and His Works: An Annotated Bibliography of the First Century of His Art, 1994.
Art history reference book of 1772 comprehensive journal citations arranged chronologically with annotations in English. Foreign language titles are translated.
von Habsburg, Géza. Carl Fabergé, 1994.
Biography of Fabergé for ages seven and up, which is a part of the First Impressions: Introductions to Art series.
Curry, David Park. Fabergé: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1995.
Catalogue raisonné for the Pratt Collection in Richmond (VA). It also served as the exhibition catalog for this collection when it traveled as part of the 1996 Fabergé in America venue beginning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and touring four other cities in the United States.
von Habsburg, Géza. Fabergé: Fantasies & Treasures, 1995.
Introduction to the House of Fabergé and its production, illustrated with selected works from the 1996 Fabergé in America exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This exhibition was shown in five major American cities in 1996-97.
von Habsburg, 1996
Odom, Anne. Fabergé at Hillwood, 1996.
First publication in the Hillwood Collection Series featuring the extensive Russian and French decorative art collections of the late Marjorie Merriweather Post at Hillwood Museum, her residence in Washington (DC).
von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Fabergé in America, 1996.
Monograph to accompany a traveling exhibition (New York City, San Francisco, Richmond, VA, New Orleans, LA, and Cleveland, OH) in 1996-97. The exhibition and the catalog begin with the history of the House of Fabergé in Russia and the legacy of the Tsars, is followed by the histories of five major American collectors: Matilda Geddings Gray, India Early Minshall, Lillian Thomas Pratt, Marjorie Merriweather Post, and Malcolm S. Forbes. Contains extensive appendices.
Fabergé, Tatiana, Proler, Lynette G. and Valentin V. Skurlov. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, 1997.
Letters written by Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, Fabergé invoices, cabinet documents and Bolshevik inventories are the basis for new research by Valentin V. Skurlov of St. Petersburg. This information sheds new light on the history of the Fabergé eggs.
Description from a Fabergé Album of the Imperial Easter Eggs Presented to Alexandra Fedorovna between 1907 and 1916 | Newspaper Accounts of the 1902 Exhibition at the von Dervis Mansion | Descriptions of Imperial Easter Eggs from Inventories: Gatchina Palace (1891), the Winter Palace (1909) | Documents Certifying Transfer of Confiscated Treasures from the Anichkov Palace to the Moscow Kremlin Armoury (1917) and Their Latest Transfer to the Sovnarkom (1922) | Correspondence, Certificates and Inventories Relating to the Transfer of Museum Treasures from the Foreign Exchange Fund of the Narkomfin, the Moscow Jewellers’ Community and Other Sources, to the Moscow Kremlin Armoury | Information on the Sales of Imperial Easter Eggs from the Moscow Kremlin Armoury in 1930 and 1933
Welander-Berggren, Elsebeth, et al. Carl Fabergé, Goldsmith to the Tsar, 1997.
Exhibition catalog to accompany a venue at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, to explore the close relationship between Russia and the Scandinavian countries as it relates to Fabergé.
Traina, John, et al. The Fabergé Case: From the Private Collection of John Traina, 1998.
Catalogue raisonné with color illustrations and extensive commentaries for the collection of cigarette cases and related accessories of John Traina from California.
Forbes, Christopher, and Robyn Tromeur-Brenner. Fabergé: The Forbes Collection, 1999.
Catalogue raisonné of the extensive collection begun by Malcolm S. Forbes in 1960. A hundred and twenty pieces are accompanied by detailed essays on their significance, history, and the artisans who created them. Objects are illustrated in color and 26 of them are tip-ins in this poster-size book printed on elegant paper.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla, et al. Golden Years of Fabergé: Drawings and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, 2000.
Documentation of Fabergé techniques was scarce until the recent discovery of an album with more than 1,000 drawings from the workshop of Henrik Wigström, Fabergé’s chief work master from 1903-1917. Objects, which have been identified, are reproduced next to the original drawings. Monograph published in a slipcase accompanied an A La Vieille Russie exhibition of over 100 finished objects including loans from the Royal Collection of Thailand.
von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World, 2000.
Monograph published to accompany an exhibition in Wilmington (DE) of over 1,000 treasures of Fabergé and his work masters, Fabergé’s Russian competitors (Bolin and Tillander), and foreign contemporaries (Tiffany, Cartier, Boucheron and Lalique). Nine major Fabergé work masters and their work are featured. Two companion books by Robert Steven Bianchi are Fabergé: Imperial Craftsman and His World: Exhibition Album (cover title: Fabergé – Exhibition Album) and a booklet to use with school children entitled, Fabergé: An Introduction.
Reed & Swezey, 2004
Lowes, Will, and Christel Ludewig McCanless. Fabergé Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia, 2001.
Monograph gives comprehensive information about 66 Fabergé eggs divided into four categories – Tsar Imperial, Imperial, Kelch and Other. Technical descriptions, all known public exhibitions and auctions through 1997, and reference citations (books, journals, newspapers, and miscellaneous sources) covering the literature of nine countries are given for each egg. Who’s Who in the House of Fabergé profiles 500 artisans and companies who worked for or with Fabergé.
Munn, Geoffrey C. Tiaras: A History of Splendour, 2001.
Scholarly text with 400 illustrations includes chapters on tiaras as crown jewels, Russian style tiaras, and tiaras as works of art. The relationship between the tiara and the costume ball is explored and Fabergé tiaras are discussed. The monograph accompanied an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Krog, Ole Villumsen, et al. Treasures of Russia – Imperial Gifts, 2002.
Catalog in Danish, English, and Russian to accompany an exhibition by the same name in which the connection between the Danish Royal Family and the Russian Imperial family as well as the House of Romanov and the House of Fabergé are explored in depth.
de Guitaut, Caroline. Fabergé in the Royal Collection, 2003.
Catalogue raisonné of the British Royal Collection of Fabergé, which is one of the largest and most varied collections in existence, and was shown in Edinburgh, Scotland, and London during 2003-2004. The British, Danish, and Russian royal families had close personal ties and often exchanged Fabergé gifts before the October 1917 Revolution.
Johnston, William R, et al. The Fabergé Menagerie, 2003.
Catalog for an exhibition organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (MD) in cooperation with the Fabergé Arts Foundation, Washington (DC). Fabergé animals are studied in detail.
Muntian, T. (Tatiana) N. Fabergé. Easter Gifts, 2003.
Beautifully illustrated and long awaited scholarly treatise on the ten eggs owned by the Armoury Museum in the Moscow Kremlin. Also a Russian edition.
von Habsburg, Géza. Fabergé – Cartier: Rivalen am Zarenhof, 2003.
Exhibition catalog for the 2003-04 venue in Munich treats in detail the parallel development of two well-known jewelers in Russia and London with customers worldwide. In German.
Reed, Joyce Lasky and Marilyn Pfeifer Swezey. Fabergé Flowers, 2004.
Contributing authors from all over the world discuss flowers made by the firm of Fabergé.
Muntian, Tatiana, et al. Fabergé, Jeweller of the Romanovs, 2005.
English, Dutch, French and Russian editions of the exhibition catalog for the Brussels venue of “The Link of Times” Foundation Collection purchased by Victor Vekselberg in 2004.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla. The Russian Imperial Award System during the Reign of Nicholas II, 1894-1917, 2005.
Reference volume delves into the Russian Imperial Award System, its recipients and the jewelers and makers of the these coveted awards including the highest orders – St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Vladimir First Class, St. Alexander Nevskii with diamonds and the White Eagle with diamonds, and the diamond portrait badge.
von Habsburg, Géza. Fabergé: Treasures of Imperial Russia, 2004/2005.
Catalogue raisonné of “The Link of Times” Foundation in Moscow, formerly The Forbes Magazine Collection, was published in two editions. A coffee-table book with a slipcase in English and Russian published in 2004 includes stunning photographs and explanatory text for each of the 16 eggs in the collection. The 2005 publication based on the earlier publication has the same title with English and German text, and serves as an introduction to Viktor Vekselberg’s collection.
Tampere Museums in Finland and Moscow Kremlin Museums. The Era of Fabergé, 2006.
The exhibition catalog tells the story of Fabergé, the purveyor to the imperial court and goldsmith to two emperors, Alexander III and Nicholas II. It also recounts the story of St. Petersburg at the turn of the 20th century; its life as a European metropolis, its tastes and fashions, and the position of Finns in the Imperial capital. The Moscow Kremlin Museums as lenders are celebrating their 200th anniversary.
Wartski, London. Fabergé and the Jewellers: A Loan Exhibition, 2006.
This venue, a tribute to the late A. Kenneth Snowman of Wartski, contains 302 objects of Russian jewellery. Among them is the perfect sea blue aquamarine (illustrated above) mounted by Fabergé as a gift in 1894 from Nicholas II to Queen Victoria’s granddaughter and his fiancée, Princess Alix of Hesse.
Collingsworth, Arthur J., ed. Olga’s Sketchbook: World War I Sketchbook of the Czar’s Sister, 2008.
Contains watercolor and pencil sketches drawn by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), daughter of Tsar Alexander III and his wife, Marie Fedorovna, covering the years 1914-16. The originals were acquired by the editor of this book at a Bruun Rasmussen auction in December 2007 and are reproduced in color with an explanatory text.
Faber, Toby. Fabergé’s Eggs: The Extra-Ordinary Story of the Masterpieces that Outlived an Empire, 2008.
A historical narrative, new to the genre of Fabergé publications, brings the history of the Russian Romanov family and the House of Fabergé alive through a retelling of the story of the Fabergé eggs. Bolsheviks and entrepreneurs, tycoons and heiresses, con men and queens are introduced with well-researched and detailed facts as the eggs have been sold and smuggled, stolen and forged through the ages. Mr. Faber is a grandson of the Faber and Faber Publishing Company, which in 1953 published The Art of Carl Fabergé by A. Kenneth Snowman, still a classic in the field. British, American, and foreign language editions published.
Harrison, Stephen, Emmanuel Ducamp, Jeannine Falino, et. al. Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique, 2008.
Three great designers exhibited at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Four essays discuss their work during the Belle Epoque placing them in the social and cultural milieus of the three cities in which they thrived – St. Petersburg, Paris and New York. A brief catalog of the objects in the exhibition is included.
Keefe, John Webster. Masterworks of Fabergé: The Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection, 2008. Details on the 57 objects in the Gray Collection and the life of Mrs. Gray are part of this new catalog.
Keefe, John Webster, et al. Fabergé: The Hodges Family Collection, 2008.
More than 100 Fabergé objects including sculpture, silver tablewares, jewels, gem-set smoking accessories, imperial presentation pieces, desk objects, photograph frames and whimsical animals are discussed in this catalogue raisonné. Includes contributing essays by Géza von Habsburg, Daniel L. Hodges, Christel L. McCanless and Kieran McCarthy.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla. Fabergé ja hänen suomalaiset mestarinsa (Fabergé and His Finnish Workmasters), 2008. In Finnish.
Provides an in-depth and expert look into the lives and production of Fabergé’s foremost Finnish workmasters, beginning with Pöntinen (Pendin), Holmström, Väkevä, Mickelsson, and Kollin, who began their tenure under Gustav Fabergé. They were followed by Wigström, Pihl, Hollming, Nevalainen, Nykänen (whose name has been erroneously spelled Niukkanen for the past century), Aarne, and Armfelt. The author, a Finn herself and descendant of St. Petersburg jeweler Alexander Tillander, has had the unique opportunity of interviewing many of the descendants of these Fabergé craftsmen, and the book is filled with many unpublished reminiscences. Appendix features all of the plates from Henrik Wigström’s second album of drawings. The first set of plates was published in The Golden Years of Fabergé, 2000.
Odom, Anne and Wendy R. Salmond, editors. Treasures into Tractors: The Selling of Russia’s Cultural Heritage, 2009.
European and American scholars explore the fate of Russian art collections and libraries following the Russian Revolution in 1917, the institutions and the individuals responsible for their sale, and the prominent collectors, libraries, and museums that acquired them.
Bonus, Wendy. The Fabergé Connection: A Memoir of the Bowe Family, 2010.
The author is a great grand-daughter of Henry Allan Talbot Bowe, business partner of Carl Fabergé from 1887 to 1906. Using family diaries from Bowe’s daughter Essie and standard Fabergé books, Ms. Bonus has written her family’s history. During Bowe’s tenure with the House of Fabergé the Moscow and Kiev branches were opened. His brother Arthur opened and managed the London branch beginning in 1903.
de Guitaut, Caroline. Fabergé Animals: A Royal Farm in Miniature, 2010.
Book authored by the Assistant Curator and Loans Officer at the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II, is the first publication to explore the complete history of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra’s Sandringham commission of Fabergé animal carvings in 1907. Stunning close-up photography of the carvings themselves and contextual material from both the Russian and the Royal Archives, some of which has never been published before, round out a view into this unique collection.
Wartski, London. The Last Flowering of Court Art: A Russian Private Collection of Fabergé, 2010.
Every object shown in the exhibition with the same name is beautifully illustrated with explanatory text.
Carl Fabergé and Masters of Stone Carving. Russian Gems, 2011.
Catalog includes an introductory essay by Tatiana Muntian, author and exhibition curator for the Kremlin Museums, and chapters about the Carl Fabergé firm, the Russian jewelry firms in the 18th – early 20th century, Alexey Denisov-Uralsky, the Imperial lapidary factories and the works of Ural masters, [hand] seals by Russian masters, glyptics [cameos], works from the House of Cartier, and Soviet gemstone art works.
de Guitaut, Caroline. Royal Fabergé, 2011.
The exhibition catalog gives an insight into many Fabergé pieces including three Imperial Easter Eggs, and how they were acquired by six generations of the British royal family.
Mechanical Wonders: The Sandoz Collection, 2011.
For the 2011 loan exhibition of antique automatons from the Collection of Maurice Sandoz presented in New York City by A La Vieille Russie and Parmagiani a catalog was produced. It contains the seldom seen 1906 Swan, the 1907 Yusupov and the 1908 Peacock Eggs, a strutting golden peacock (1901), and a miniature piano with a music box (ca. 1905), all by Fabergé.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla. Fabergén suomalaiset mestarit (Fabergé’s Finnish Workmasters), 2011. Revised edition with more in-depth research of a 2008 numbered edition with the title, Fabergé ja hänen suomalaiset mestarinsa (Fabergé and His Finnish Workmasters). In Finnish. An expanded look into the lives and production of Fabergé’s foremost Finnish workmasters. The author, a Finn herself and descendant of St. Petersburg jeweler Alexander Tillander, has interviewed many of the descendants of these Fabergé craftsmen. The book is filled with their reminiscences.
von Habsburg, Géza. Fabergé Revealed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2011. Two hundred Fabergé objects and a substantial collection of Russian decorative objects relating to the same time period as Fabergé have been reevaluated by guest curator Dr. von Habsburg, and illustrated with new colored photos.
Fabergé, Tatiana F., Kohler, Eric-Alain, and Valentin V. Skurlov. Fabergé: A Comprehensive Reference Book, 2012.
From Tatiana Fabergé’s press release: The first complete and definitive work to disclose the fascinating history of the House of Fabergé based on Fabergé family papers gathered from four generations. They include the London Sales Ledgers, lists of goods confiscated during the Soviet period in St. Petersburg and extremely interesting photographs, such as the pictures of the amazing silver table service made by Fabergé Moscow for the gold magnate Alexander Kelkh. Letters written by the Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, Fabergé’s invoices, Cabinet documents and Bolshevik inventories had all been hidden away within Russia since the Revolution. For over ten years, the authors researched the forbidden Russian archives and studied the additional unpublished material never published before.
Wartski, London. Carl Fabergé: A Private Collection, 2012.
Beautifully illustrated exhibition catalog for the Harry Woolf Family Collection shows more than 150 objects carefully selected by the owner, who in the foreword elegantly describes his passion. The introductory text by Geoffrey Munn of Wartski reflects on 40 years of collecting by the owner.
From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: The McFerrin Collection, 2013.
The Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Collection has quickly become one of the world’s most significant private Fabergé collections. Exquisite photography supplemented with auction catalog descriptions and interesting reflections by Dorothy McFerrin chronicle Fabergé’s masterworks along with the Romanov family and other patrons of the House of Fabergé. A plethora of research essays highlighting unique aspects of the collection were contributed by Timothy Adams, John Atzbach, Daniel Briére, Tatiana Fabergé, Alice Milica Ilich, Christel Ludewig McCanless, Dorothy McFerrin, Dr. Mark A. Schaffer, Peter L. Schaffer, Matthew Stuart-Lyon, Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm, Dr. Géza von Habsburg, and Annemiek Wintraecken. Proceeds from the publication will benefit the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas.
English Publications by the Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia:
Fabergé Museum Publications in 2015, 2014 and reprinted in 2016
The Link of Times Historical and Cultural Foundation published Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg, 2015. A general introduction to the museum’s contents includes the historical background to the collection, and stunning photographs of the various categories – Imperial Easter eggs, commemorative items from the Romanov family and the Cabinet gifts, famous customers, Russian enamel and silver, and a tour of the various exhibition rooms of the Shuvalov Place in St. Petersburg (above left).
Muntyan, Tatyana, with V.S. Voronchenko, general editor, Fabergé Masterpieces from the Collection of the Link of Times Collection (2014 and reprinted in 2016 with a new cover, above middle and right) The history for each of the Fabergé eggs in the collection is presented in detail.
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg Exhibit Index, 2014, enumerates the contents of the 12 display rooms in the Shuvalov Palace. Each object entry includes the name of the object, location and time in which it was made, workmaster, and material used. There are no illustrations.
Guzanov, A. and R.R. Gafifulin, Fabergé Items of Late XIX – Early XX Century in the Collection of the State Museum of Pavlovsk, 2014.
The first full publication about 34 Fabergé items belonging to members of the Imperial family now housed in the Pavlovsk Palace Museum. The book’s appendix contains a chronological list of purchases made by members of the Romanov family from the Fabergé firm. In Russian.
Sparke, Cynthia Coleman. Russian Decorative Arts (2014)
An informative guide to Russian artworks and their historical context covering a wide range of crafts from Faberge, jewelry, woodwork, hardstone, glass and porcelain to precious metals, explained against the fascinating background of Russian history. Each topic is detailed with an illustrated chapter which introduces the creative technique, its specific Russian characteristics and an overview of the principle makers.
A catalog in German entitled, Die Welt von Fabergé (The World of Fabergé) with essays by Elisabeth Heresch and Tatyana Muntian was published to accompany the 2014 Vienna exhibition. On loan were 166 objects from the Kremlin State Historical/Cultural Museum and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow.
Munn, Geoffrey. Wartski – The First One Hundred and Fifty Years celebrates the founding of this British family firm in 1865. When asked about the book Munn states Wartski has been the cradle of Fabergé expertise since the late 1920’s and in his introduction to the 300 page book complete with 200 illustrations published in 2015, he continues:
Skurlov, Valentin, Fabergé, Tatiana, et al. Franz Birbaum, Fabergé’s Chief Designer (2016).
Publication continues the series, Life of Remarkable Jewelers begun in 2011 with the first book, Mikhail Perkhin, Chief Workmaster of Fabergé. Birbaum (1872-1947), born in Switzerland, arrived in St. Petersburg at age 14, and eventually worked as an chief designer for the Fabergé firm from 1893 to 1918. Most of the fifty Imperial Easter eggs passed through his hands. In Russian.
Fabergé, Tatiana, Skurlov, Valentin, et al. Crimea and Fabergé (2016).
Profusely illustrated booklet with well-known Fabergé objects combined with photographs of the original owners presented in a variety of topics, for example, Romanovs and the Crimea, Products of Fabergé, 1914-1917, pp. 22-23. In Russian.
Fabergé – Geschenke for Zarenfamilie, 2016.
The exhibition (Fabergé – Gifts from the House of Romanov) illustrates the connection of the Russian Imperial Family to German principalities using the children of the Grand Duke Ludwig IV of Hesse and by the Rhine and his wife Alice, born princess of Great Britain, as examples. Consequently, it does not only focus on the work of Fabergé, but also on the life stories of the givers and recipients. The personalities involved are introduced to the visitors through contemporary photos, selected portraits and personal items. Book and review of the venue in German.
Fabergé Revealed: The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Compiled by the Palace Museum. Forbidden City Publishing House, 2016.
An exhibition catalog for 234 objects which traveled from the Richmond, Virginia, to Beijing, China, for a temporary exhibition from April to July 2015. In English and Chinese with colored illustrations for each object.
Fabergé: The McFerrin Collection – The Opulence Continues… 2016.
Unveiled at the 2016 Houston Fabergé symposium, the second volume for the McFerrin Collection illustrates and describes via subject categories a large portion of the 600 objets d’art acquired since 2005. Imperial award objects and those detailed in the previous book, From a Snowflake to an Iceberg: The McFerrin Collection, 2013, are denoted along with indexes by subjects and original owners for both publications.
McCarthy, Kieran. Fabergé in London: The British Branch of the Imperial Russian Goldsmith, 2016.
The first book dedicated to the British branch of Fabergé covers fascinating history from its opening in 1903 to its closure in 1917. London’s Fabergé branch manager, Henry Bainbridge’s private archive, was recently donated to the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg. McCarthy’s book based on the archive yields detailed information about the daily activities of Fabergé in London and also in Russia, and contains a daybook Bainbridge carried everywhere noting what was going on around him as well as a brief diary for 1908. There are also rafts of letters by him and primarily Eugène, Fabergé’s first son, discussing the firm’s customers, employees, techniques, and philosophy. The relationship between the Bowe and Fabergé families, and the activities of Agathon Fabergé, second son of Carl Fabergé, revealed by the archives fill a gap which has existed far too long time for serious Fabergé scholars.
Moehrke, Mark, editor. Unknown Fabergé: New Finds and Re-Discoveries, 2016.
More than 80 Fabergé objects in the context of their personal story or role in the life of society at that time are discussed in the exhibition catalog published by the Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis (MN). Essays also by Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Marilyn Swezey, Mark Moehrke, and Ulla-Tillander-Godenhielm.
Letters from St. Petersburg: A Siamese Prince at the Court of the Last Tsar, Translation and Commentary by Narisa Chakrabongse, 2017.
Hitherto unpublished archive material such as letters, diaries, and photographs give a fascinating insight into life in both pre-revolutionary Russia and the Siamese court. The Fabergé Collection of the Court of Siam (Thailand since 1939), one of two original royal Fabergé collections still treasured by the descendants of the original recipients, awaits further research.
Collins, Ian. Fabergé: From St. Petersburg to Sandringham, 2017.
Catalog to accompany a 2017/2018 Fabergé venue held at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, England. Loans from the Royal Collection in London and A La Vieille Russie in New York City were on view.
Trombly, Margaret Kelly. Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition, 2017.
Fascinating overview of Russian decorative art, revealing a highly accomplished crafts tradition that persisted over nine centuries. The exhibition at the Walters Art Gallery includes works by Carl Fabergé and his workshop, jeweled Byzantine icons, silver drinking vessels, and intricate enamels
Fabergé: Treasures of Imperial Russia – Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg, 2017.
Photographic album showcases many of the museum’s exquisite pieces by Fabergé and others artists of the time by giving the reader a broad view of the time in which Fabergé worked. Included in the book are essays by many of the leading Fabergé scholars of our time.
Skurlov, Valentin, et al., Vasilii Zuev: pridvornyi miniatiurist, khudozhnik firmy Faberzhe (Vasilii Zuev: Court Painter of Miniatures, Artists in the Fabergé Firm), 2017. In Russian.
The authors use the career of one artist for Fabergé’s jewelry firm to show how a branch of decorative arts flourished in the last decades of the Russian Empire and attained the high aesthetic standards of fine arts.
Skurlov, Valentin, et al., V poiskakh arkhiva Faberzhe (In Search of the Fabergé’s Archive), 2017. In Russian.
To celebrate the 70th birthday of Valentin Skurlov, a dedicated Russian Fabergé researcher, a book about his life was compiled and published by his friends and colleagues. It is a collection of articles, documents, letters, photographs, diaries of the author’s wanderings, all devoted to studying three decades of Skurlov’s life in connection to the legacy of the famous jeweler Fabergé.
Muntian, Tatiana, Fabergé. Easter Gifts, 2018.
An over-sized book with new illustrations and archival photographs updates a smaller book published by Muntian in 2003. The world’s largest collection of imperial Easter eggs created by the firm of Carl Fabergé is in the Museums of the Moscow Kremlin. These eggs are connected with the history of Russia and the life of the imperial family at a turning point in the fate of a huge power.
Muntian, Tatiana, Fabergé from the Museum Collections of Russia, 2018.
The book contains collections from 20 Russian state museums, from the Gokhran, and the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg. A number of items especially from provincial museums have been included for the very first time. The Medny Vsadnik Publishing House issued the book in Russian, English, French, and German editions with different covers.
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla. Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans, 2018.
The publication about Carl Fabergé and his workmasters – actually an augmented English translation of the 2011 Finnish-language publication, Fabergén suomalaiset mestarit (Fabergé’s Finnish Workmasters) – by Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm has again contributed important information and insights into the workings of the famed Fabergé firm. Unfortunately, the majority of Fabergé scholars and enthusiasts do not read Finnish so this English translation is a vital addition to the Fabergé scholarly corpus.
Zeisler, Wilfried, et al. Fabergé Rediscovered, 2018.
The introduction sets the stage for this exhibition at Hillwood’s by describing the background on a leading American socialite and the heiress of General Foods, Inc. Marjorie Merriweather Post was one of the earliest collectors of Fabergé among other wealthy American women connoisseurs in the 1930s and 1940s, who also included Lillian Thomas Pratt in Richmond, Virginia, Matilda Geddings Gray in New Orleans, Louisiana, and India Minshall in Cleveland, Ohio.