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Fabergé

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In 1907 Edward VII commissioned Peter Carl Fabergé - court artist-jeweller to imperial Russia - to produce miniature sculptures of animals on the royal estate at Sandringham. Designed to please Queen Alexandra, the project was suggested by the king's mistress Alice Keppel (the Duchess of Cornwall's great grandmother). The best craftsmen were sent to Norfolk to make wax models which were then taken to Russia to be rendered in hardstones, gemstones, gold, silver and platinum as directed by Fabergé himself.

Fabergé's most ambitious venture in England showed the naturalistic genius of his workshops in St Petersburg and Moscow. It also crowned his career of patronage by the two Danish princesses, Alix and Dagmar, who married British and Russian princes and later became queen-empresses of rival empires. They strove over six decades to bring Britain and Russia together - and against Germany. Perfect little gifts by Fabergé aided the sisterly enterprise.

This bittersweet saga is also the story of Sandringham - family retreat and political powerhouse, and Alexandra's favourite home from 1863 until her death in 1925. The tale further traces the fate of players in the Fabergé commission - many of the Norfolkmen being killed at Gallipoli, as Fabergé crafted deadly munitions. While the dowager empress was rescued after the revolution, many of her relatives were murdered in Siberia where Fabergé hardstones had been mined.

Featuring new research, this book coincides with an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich on the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Item details

Author(s):
Ian Collins
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
265x210x12
EAN-13:
9780946009718
Edition:
2017
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0946009718
ISBN-13:
9780946009718
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
140
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Title:
Faberge

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In 1907 Edward VII commissioned Peter Carl Fabergé - court artist-jeweller to imperial Russia - to produce miniature sculptures of animals on the royal estate at Sandringham. Designed to please Queen Alexandra, the project was suggested by the king's mistress Alice Keppel (the Duchess of Cornwall's great grandmother). The best craftsmen were sent to Norfolk to make wax models which were then taken to Russia to be rendered in hardstones, gemstones, gold, silver and platinum as directed by Fabergé himself.

Fabergé's most ambitious venture in England showed the naturalistic genius of his workshops in St Petersburg and Moscow. It also crowned his career of patronage by the two Danish princesses, Alix and Dagmar, who married British and Russian princes and later became queen-empresses of rival empires. They strove over six decades to bring Britain and Russia together - and against Germany. Perfect little gifts by Fabergé aided the sisterly enterprise.

This bittersweet saga is also the story of Sandringham - family retreat and political powerhouse, and Alexandra's favourite home from 1863 until her death in 1925. The tale further traces the fate of players in the Fabergé commission - many of the Norfolkmen being killed at Gallipoli, as Fabergé crafted deadly munitions. While the dowager empress was rescued after the revolution, many of her relatives were murdered in Siberia where Fabergé hardstones had been mined.

Featuring new research, this book coincides with an exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich on the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

Author(s):
Ian Collins
Condition:
As new
Dimensions:
265x210x12
EAN-13:
9780946009718
Edition:
2017
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0946009718
ISBN-13:
9780946009718
Number of items:
1
Number of pages:
140
Publisher:
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Title:
Faberge

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