Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fabulous Fabergé

Today's Google Doodle spotlights the house of Fabergé with their most iconic pieces: the Easter Eggs. Yesterday I visited the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, which has the largest group of Imperial Easter Eggs outside of Russia as part of a collection of  decorative objects by Fabergé that rivals any in the country. Below is a snuffbox, a silver pitcher, and one of the Museum's eggs; you can view many more spectacular creations in this article. And for the proletarian way to enjoy such baubles in your own home, have a look at Artistic Luxury: Faberge, Tiffany, and Their Contemporaries: A Book of 28 Postcards.

Imperial Czarevich Easter Egg, 1912. Lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, platinum or silver 5.75 x 4 (diameter) in. (on stand)
Detail of Imperial Czarevich Easter Egg
Snuffbox, 1899–1908. Aventurine quartz, feldspar, diamond, ruby, emerald, sapphire, pearl, enamel; 1 x 2.5 in.
Rabbit Pitcher. Before 1899. Silver, garnets. 10 x 4 (diameter) in.
 Which egg do you covet?

19 comments:

  1. I definitely don't covet that snuffbox. It's not particularly fetching, in my taste. I'd probably end up hocking it for an ATV or lawn care equipment.

    That silver rabbit is more my style. Finely crafted with its little, self-aware garnet eyes. He'll accompany me as I cook dinner. A delicious lightly-grilled asparagus with a side of butternut squash soup. Good times...

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  2. My grandmother had a knock-off Faberge egg, with which I was endlessly fascinated as a small child. What memories I have of opening the little egg to see what was inside! It was always a little bird, but I had to check to make sure :)

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  3. The only time I've seen a Faberge egg in person was on a visit to Hillwood House in DC. Apparently, Marjorie Merriweather Post was a fan of Faberge eggs and other Russian treasures.

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    1. I went there too... they bought so much swag from the Romanovs it was staggering. Do you remember the china services?

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  4. I think I also have to go with the Rabbit!! So bizarre if you really look at it. I really want asparagus now:) I had no idea about the museum in Richmond, thanks!! What an underrated eastern city...

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  5. I've always wondered how many of these eggs exist? And why did someone decide to make them? A bejeweled egg containing a tiny work of art-- it's whimsical-whamsical, eh?
    Oh, and about that lovely silver rabbit--where does the water come out?

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    1. I believe the water comes out of a stoma in the rabbit's throat. JUST KIDDING!!! blegh! that would be gross!

      Actually, I'm not sure it's that type of pitcher. It says the diametric dimension of the rabbit is a mere 4 inches!!!

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  6. I've always loved to daydream about what type of bejeweled animal would lay these Faberge eggs. Or what sort of delicate clockwork newborn would come stumbling out of such an ovule.

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  7. I like the Imperial Czarevich egg...very ornate and Victorian!

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    1. But, Eva... the Czarevich egg has an error in the craftsmanship. If you look closely (and this goes for any other pic of it you'll find on Google), the double-headed eagle just below the middle is shoddily centered over top of the five leaves. You can see the the eagle's right foot is much closer to center than it should be. Tsk, tsk, Fabbie!!! :-/

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    2. Wow you must have a really good eye! I still am not exactly sure what you're talking about, but I'll take your word for it!

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    3. What are you talking about, that egg is gorgeous! Good pick, Eva.

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    4. Call 1-800-FABERGE and maybe you can get your money back!;-)
      I read in the linked article that there are 47 known eggs out of 54 known to have been made...which means there are a magnificent seven mysteriously disappeared. Hm.
      Has anyone heard from JP? Is she anonymously among us?

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  8. I'm all for the rabbit I wonder if Lindt the Swiss chocolate company used Faberge's rabbit as an inspiration for its easter rabbit?

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  9. I love the Imperial Czarevich Easter Egg it is regal looking and the gold just makes it POP!!!

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  10. THE SNUFF BOX HAS AN ARTS AND CRAFTS FEEL...I LIKE IT! AND THE RABBIT..BIG SMILE!!

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  11. Isn't the whole concept of a Faberge Egg hilarious? Honestly, none of these eggs particularly tickle my fancy but if I had to pick one it would certainly be Czaverich. My friend once wrote a poem about Faberge eggs and their 'mantle piece' identities.

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  12. Thanks everyone for your comments (and research)! I was in transit... I saw the silver pitcher in person and also couldn't figure out where the water came out. I could do another entire blog on the intricacies of the various eggs ... and on the Russian treasures at Hillwood. Someday!

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