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Friday, 16 January 2015


The House of Fabergé is a jewellery firm founded in 1842 in St. Petersburg, Russia, by Gustav Faberge, using the accented name "Fabergé"

Gustav was followed by his son Peter Carl Faberge, until the firm was nationalized by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The firm has been famous for designing elaborate jewel-encrusted Fabergé eggs for the Russian Tsars and a range of other work of high quality and intricate details. They created a total of 56 eggs from 1885 to 1917, which would have been worth around £6,000 each (£6.6million $10.5 million today)

In 1924, Peter Carl's son Alexander with his half-brother Eugène opened Fabergé et Cie in Paris, making similar jewellery items.

In 1937, the brand name "Fabergé" was sold and then re-sold in 1964 to cosmetics company Rayette Inc., which changed its name to Rayette-Fabergé Inc.

While Lenin tried to preserve the cultural artifacts, Stalin allegedly paid American oil billionaire Armand Hammer for his services as a Soviet agent in Faberge eggs.

In the movie Octopussy, James Bond swaps a real Fabergé egg with a fake containing surveillance equipment. The egg in the film was the actual Coronation Egg.

In 2007, a gold and pink Fabergé egg with a clock on its face fetched a record £9m ($14.5) at Christie’s in London.

The House of Fabergé made about 50 ornate eggs, 43 have survived to this day.

Sources Daily Mail, Wikipedia

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