“The majority of Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs derive their forms from work of arts dating from the 16th to 19th centuries. Most of the prototypes for the eggs have been identified.” Kieran McCarthy of Wartski, London, has discovered another prototype in the Wallace Collection, a national museum in an historic London town house. Our thanks goes to Kieran for sharing The Aesthetic Ancestry of the Constellation Egg by Fabergé with readers of the Fabergé Research Newsletter.
Additional interesting resources include the article by Tatiana N. Muntian and Marianna B. Chistyakova in Apollo, January 2003, 10-13, and a follow-up on the Egg on Mieks Fabergé Eggs – Blue Tsesarevich Constellation Egg.
(Muntian, T. N. Fabergé Easter Gifts, 2003)
From Peter the Great to Nicholas II: The Art and Culture of the Russian Empire includes the Fabergé miniature royal regalia and the throne of Nicholas II from the State Hermitage Museum Collection.
The private equity company Fabergé Limited, acquired in January 2007 by Pallinghurst Resources, will make one egg per year from 2008, with each egg likely to sell for millions of pounds. It also aims to open the first ever Fabergé stores. Four flagships are likely to open in capital cities across the world, with London being the first location – probably in 2009. (London Telegraph, 10/29/07) Editor’s note: There has been a previous effort to open a Fabergé boutique, it did not survive.
A recent flood of Fabergé made in modern Bulgaria has been on the market, especially on the internet. Caveat emptor or buyer beware!
Wikipedia, an internet encyclopedia of free text in all languages of the world, has published a section on Fabergé Eggs.
Russian Antique Silver – Hallmarks of Silversmiths – Russian Maker’s Marks is a very comprehensive website for serious researchers on the topics covered. (Courtesy of Lars Ohlander)
Readers of this newsletter are invited to share information about Fabergé happenings worldwide.