Fabergé: Treasures of Imperial Russia

Fabergé: Treasures of Imperial Russia
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Géza von Habsburg.

The Link of Times Foundation. 2004. Hardback, dust jacket, slipcase. 351 pages. Lavishly illustrated in colour throughout. 335 x 255mm (13¼ x 10"). 3.65kg. English and Russian. Fine; there is a very slight (1cm) split to the paper-covering of the slipcase at the top corner of the spine, but otherwise as new.

'The book is a lavish catalogue of the fifteen eggs by the Russian master formerly owned by the Forbes family and recently acquired by the Russian businessman, Victor Vekselberg. Included are ten of the famous Imperial Easter eggs, the best-known collection of such treasures in the West. The most celebrated among them is the incomparable Coronation Coach Egg of 1897, which has been shown at over thirty-five exhibitions and mentioned in more than one hundred and fifty books and articles. This treasure, and its companion, the sumptuous Lilies of the Valley Egg created in the following year, both undoubtedly among the young Empress’ favorites, were kept by her in a small cabinet in her private apartment in the Winter Palace. Additionally, the book also comprises an Imperial surprise and five further Easter eggs made for non-Imperial clients.' (from the publisher's description). The Introduction provides an illustrated history of the House of Fabergé and the historical background against which the company developed, including its relationships with the Imperial Family and the designers who joined the Fabergé brothers in their thriving business. Each egg is fully catalogued with extensive notes, detailed illustrations, archival material, bibliography, notes and exhibition history.