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Faberge at the Court of the Tsar Nicholas Merchant Wednesday 10 April 2019

No jeweller since the time of Benvenuto Cellini in the 16th century has captured the imagination of the cultivated world like Peter Carl Fabergé. Peter Carl Fabergé, taking over his father’s somewhat hum-drum jewellery business at an early age, created for himself a reputation which, within a very short period, made his wares some of the most desirable known to the fashionable world in the last years of the 19th century. His reputation rested on the quality and ingenuity of his works. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Fabergé sought to create objects which would delight and amuse the eye of his blasé and spoiled clientele. The size of the stones was of secondary importance in creating confections which by their novelty and style were in a different league to other craftsmen working at the time. This lecture looks at some of the works created by this genius, which range from personal jewels such as tiaras, through hardstone figures, cigarette cases, and writing accessories to the Easter Eggs which were created in the main for the Imperial family.