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by Tony Faber

ISBN: 0330440241
ISBN13: 978-0330440240
Language: English
Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (2009)
Pages: 352
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Rating: 4.4
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Faberge's Eggs: One Man's. has been added to your Basket. Tony Faber has closely woven the story of the Russian Imperial family with the fabulous Easter Eggs made for the czarinas by the workshops of Carl Fabergé ( of french huegenot descent ) in St Petersburg.

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Tony Faber has closely woven the story of the Russian Imperial family with the fabulous Easter Eggs made for the czarinas by the workshops of Carl Fabergé ( of french huegenot descent ) in St Petersburg

Tony Faber has closely woven the story of the Russian Imperial family with the fabulous Easter Eggs made for the czarinas by the workshops of Carl Fabergé ( of french huegenot descent ) in St Petersburg. Love reading anything about the last Tsar and Tsarina. This book adds to the collection.

There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces

There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces. This is the first book to tell the complete history of the eggs, encompassing the love and opulence in which they were conceived, the war and revolution that scattered them, and the collectors who preserved them.

This is the story of Fabergé's Imperial Easter eggs – of their maker, of the tsars who commissioned them, of the . There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces

This is the story of Fabergé's Imperial Easter eggs – of their maker, of the tsars who commissioned them, of the middlemen who sold them and of the collectors who fell in love with them. It's a story of meticulous craftsmanship and unimaginable wealth, of lucky escapes and mysterious disappearances, and ultimately of greed, tragedy and devotion. There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces.

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Comments:
Zolorn
This book is quite informative. It covers the history of the Faberge eggs, along with background information on Russia during the time the eggs were being made, and short biographies of the major players who subsequently purchased/sold the eggs after the 1917 revolution.

The writing is good, being easy to read yet with a good amount of detail. The research is fairly comprehensive. But I had the following issues:

◘ The book would be much better if it had pictures of the imperial eggs. Text descriptions just don't do them justice. I had to keep switching back and forth between the book and the web browser to see what they looked like.

◘ As of the writing of this review, the book is about 10 years old. In that 10 years, the mechanical elephant surprise has been found, and other "common knowledge" about the eggs was adjusted because of new information that came to light. So there are times when the book is factually incorrect because of new revelations. Perhaps it's time for an updated edition?

◘ Some of the author's facts about Russian history are incorrect. He states that Czar Nicholas was executed with a shot to the head, while there are no bullet holes in the Czar's skull. He also says that Rasputin's dead body had water in his lungs, while this was not the case. These beliefs (water in the lungs and shot to the head) are common misconceptions, but the author should have been able to determine their falsity if he'd done proper research.

◘ I bought the Kindle e-book version, and there were periodic typos such as missing characters, missing spaces, etc. They didn't do a very good job of proofreading the e-book version.

Wizard
Faberge's eggs - intricate, opulent mementos of domestic intimacy - epitomized the last decades of the Romanov dynasty. Nobody except the Tsar of Russia could have commissioned such magnficent jewelled works of art, yet many of them were made to commemorate private celebrations and special places. When the Romanov empire crumbled and the other treasures were dispersed, even the new Communist leaders sought to preserve Faberge's eggs. Ironically the eggs emerged to symbolize the capitalist age of the 20th century, as millionaires collected them like unique trophies of wealth.
This book traces the eggs from the earliest inspirations of Carl Faberge and his first Imperial commission to create an egg for Tsarina Marie, as a memory of her childhood. It follows the royal family tradition of a new egg for Marie from her husband the Tsar every Easter for the rest of his life; and how their son Nicholas continued the tradition, commissioning one egg for his wife and one for his mother each year. Faber examines how Faberge designed the eggs to reflect significant historical events in Russia as well as special memories for the Imperial family throughout Nicholas' reign - up until the last unfinished egg of 1917, that Nicholas never saw although he did receive a bill addressed to Nicholas Romanov after his abdication.
The story of the eggs did not end with the fall of the Romanovs. Faber traces the fate of each egg, including what is known of those that are missing, and we see how they captivated royalty, con artists, entrepreneurs and millionaires throughout the twentieth century. There are plenty of amusing and poignant anecdotes, such as the millionaire Malcolm Forbes who was determined to "beat" the Kremlin's score of ten Faberge eggs. When he finally collected his 11th egg, he told reporters that his search wasn't finished because most people do buy eggs by the dozen. And after his death, his sons respected his wishes and released the eggs onto the market, so someone else could have the fun of collecting them.
The book is an excellent companion piece for anyone who has been fascinated by the Romanov dynasty and its downfall... for anyone who loves reading of intricate and costly works of art... and for anyone who wants to read a simple creative history of the twentieth century from a unique perspective.

Doukree
Gives a very good background also into the Romanovs. The ending drags a bit since its info I've already read before but this is still a very good read.I wanted to give it 4 1/2 stars but I obviously can't do that!

Broadraven
This was a great comprehensive look at Faberge's life, his work, and his relationship with the Russian Imperial Family. After Alexander III first began the tradition of giving a Faberge egg to his wife every Easter, Faberge's skill and attention to detail flourished each year. Upon Alexander's death, his son Nicholas II would continue the custom, commissioning elaborate eggs for both his mother and his wife. Faber's book details many of these imperial eggs, and traces their histories through the revolution, through the century, and around the world. This book also illustrates the decadence of pre-revolutionary czarist Russia. Faberge's workshops created the most ornate and sought-after jewelry and trinkets in the world until WWI and the communist uprising devastated any market for such frivolities. Regardless, Faberge's eggs were impressive creations, each unique and spectacular in their craftsmanship and originality.

Ffleg
I am impressed by the extensive research and scholarly treatment that went into this publication.

Dakora
We all have the coffee table books of the beautiful work the Faberge company produced, now we have an opportunity to know a complete history of the company and of the family themselves. Very, very interesting. Without a doubt,an improtant addition for anyone with an interest in Faberge.Don't pass this one up. Extraordinary is an understatement.

MegaStar
Perfect for my trip to Russia. Faberge fans, this is a wonderful account of the history of the eggs and their Romanov connection. Very informative and a good read.

Mr. Fabre is an excellent historian and has beautifully written this superb history of the Faberge family and it's Russian company - the maker of the most beautiful eggs in history. I relished every moment of his book.

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