Faberge Eggs

A pink Faberge Egg has sold at Christie’s in London for around 9 million pounds or 18 million US dollars. It’s an egg-cellent result for the Rothschild banking family that owned it, but an egg-spensive little egg for the Russian tycoon that bought it! (sorry, I couldnt help myself)

faberge eggs auction at christies

Faberge Egg Goes Back To Its Nest
What makes Faberge eggs so special? “They’re almost a myth,” said Philips. “There’s a terrific romance associated with them, initially with the Russian Revolution. The workmanship of the Rothschild egg is simply extraordinary.. the gold work, the wonderful pink enamel. Every aspect of it was just fantastic.”
Each Faberge egg took up to a year to create and required the skills of several hundred craftsmen.
Forbes (The Forbes family used to have the largest private collection of Faberge Eggs, before selling all nine of them in 2004)

They are well crafted little things, but I have never understood why they are so important. It must be the historical importance to Russia that makes Faberge Eggs so valuable.

PBS has some information on the history of Faberge Eggs online.. “In the harsh light of historical hindsight, the Faberg√© Imperial Easter eggs can be seen as nothing more than the frivolous indulgences of a decadent monarchy. But stripped of revolutionary ideology, they endure simply as fragile mementos of the doomed Russian dynasty, each not only an artistic masterpiece, but a remarkable reflection of the joys and achievements of a family at the crossroads of history.” PBS – Treasures of the World

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.

Comments

  1. Many many years ago I had a chance to see a huge Fabergé exhibit in Fort Worth Texas. You wonder what makes them special? Well apart from the history of them spurring the imagination its the craftsmanship, the intricate details, the gems. They are STUNNING to see up close.

  2. Art News Blog says:

    Yeah, I have never seen a Faberge Egg in real life, so I probably shouldn’t have much of an opinion on them.

    It’s the same with some paintings; they have to be seen in real life to really appreciate.

  3. It is true that when you see something in the real there is a whole different understanding of them. I am not a huge fan of Dali, but when I saw his work in the Dali museum in florida it blew me away. No image on the net or in a mag can do justice to it. The surface of his canvas’, the quality of the brushwork, the rich lush colours, how he implemented his ideas. WOW!!!!!!!

    I am still not crazy on the imagery, but I have a whole new appreciation of him as a master painter.

  4. One problem with the Internet is that it is deceptive. Great for finding out many things, but it is so important to realise that it is not as good as seeing things for real. I had a similar experience to jafabrit years ago, when a tutor guided me to look closely at a Modigliani painting of a nude. Reproductions make the paintwork look flat, almost completely uniform. In reality, there is just so much delicate modelling, it took my breath away!

  5. That is one of the nicest Faberge eggs that I have seen. What is the history of it….it is quite unusual in the beautiful Pink Enamel

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