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Faberge Raspberry Red Enamel Gold Snake and Miniature Egg Stick Pin Brooch
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About the Designer
Best known for creating the lavishly ornate and intricately devised Imperial Easter eggs given by the last czars to their families as annual holiday gifts, the House of Fabergé was the most prestigious Russian luxury goods maker of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Serving the aristocracy and the well-to-do through stores in St. Petersburg, Moscow and as far afield as London, Fabergé crafted a wide range of jewelry, clock cases, silver and myriad objets de vertu that included picture frames, cigarette boxes, cufflinks and carved hardstone floral and animal figurines. Following the revolution, the firm was closed by the Soviet state in 1918.
Master goldsmith Gustav Fabergé, a descendant of Huguenot emigrées, founded the company in St. Petersburg in 1842. The firm did a brisk trade among the lesser nobility and the merchant class, but it flourished under the guidance of Gustav’s eldest son Peter Carl Fabergé, who took over in 1872.
Cosmopolitan, widely-traveled and himself a master goldsmith, the younger Fabergé drew early design inspiration when he volunteered to catalogue and restore pieces in the imperial jewelry collection in the Hermitage. Fabergé pieces based on historical jewelry from the Hermitage caught the attention of Czar Alexander III at a Moscow exhibition in 1882, and three years later he commissioned the first Imperial Easter egg as a gift for the czarina. (Relatively simple in design compared to the complex cloisonné-adorned eggs that followed, the first egg was a white-enameled ovoid containing a gold “yolk” that held a gold hen, which in turn contained a replica of the imperial crown from which hung an egg-shaped ruby pendant.) Czar Nicholas II continued the tradition, presenting two eggs each Easter — one for his wife and one for his mother. As the appointed goldsmith to the royal court, the House of Fabergé became the darling of Russian aristocrats as well as wealthy patrons across Europe. Many and varied objets — hundreds of thousands by one count — were made to meet their demand. The firm employed some 500 craftsmen and designers when it was shuttered.
After the Russian Revolution, the Fabergé name and trademark endured a checkered passage through the 20th century. Family members left their homeland in 1918 and set up a new business in Paris that was mainly concerned with repairing and restoring earlier-made wares. The name was adopted by an American fragrance and beauty products maker in the late 1930s, and later authorized by the family in a 1951 agreement. The trademark has been subsequently sold several times, and attached to numerous products including jewelry.
For connoisseurs, true Fabergé refers to items made in the firm’s brief, golden decades from 1885 to 1917. Collectors are advised to make a study of Fabergé works in museum collections such as the Victoria & Albert and the Royal Collection in London to gain an understanding of the quality of genuine goods made by the original firm, and then to purchase only from reputable and reliable dealers, such those at 1stDibs.
As you will see from the vintage jewelry and objects on these pages, Fabergé pieces are richly redolent of a romantic past, and a source of thorough delight.
- Fabergé White Enamel Egg Shaped Miniature FrameBy FabergéLocated in London, GBA Fabergé white enamel egg shaped miniature frame, the translucent enamel on an engine turned radiating guilloché ground, with a picture aperture surrounded by 40 seed pearls in a si...Category
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Diamond, Gold, Platinum
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- Gemolithos, a Fabergé Jewelled Gold, Silver, Enamel and Pearl Pendant BroochBy FabergéLocated in Munich, DEGEMOLITHOS; A Faberge jewelled gold, silver, enamel & pearl pendant brooch, 1899-1908, Moscow. Weight 9,43gr Dimensions 5,5cm X 3.2cmCategory
Antique Early 1900s Russian Belle Époque BroochesMaterials
Diamond, Natural Pearl, Enamel$65,000Free Shipping
- Gemolithos, a Faberge Jewelled and Guilloché Enamel Brooch, Ivan BritzinBy FabergéLocated in Munich, DEGEMOLITHOS; A Faberge jewelled and guilloché enamel brooch, Ivan Britzin, St. Petersburg, 1908-1917. Weight 5,29gr. Length: 4,6cm Width: 1,5cmCategory
Early 20th Century Russian Belle Époque BroochesMaterials
Diamond, 18k Gold$17,000Free Shipping
- Antique Gold and Enamel Fish Stick PinLocated in New York, NYOutstanding stick pin: a figural "fish." 14K yellow gold and multi-color enamel. 3/4" long. Very alive -- looks like it is actually swimming in water. Alice Kwartler has sold th...Category
Vintage 1910s American BroochesMaterials
14k Gold$1,500Free Shipping
- Faberge Antique Sapphire Diamond Gold BroochBy FabergéLocated in New York, NYOriginal Faberge antique 18k gold brooch, with three sapphire cabochons (measuring approx. 8.6 x 7.4mm and 10.6 x 8.4mm) and approx. 0.30cts in diamonds. Brooch is 48mm x 15mm. Marke...Category
Antique 19th Century BroochesMaterials
Diamond, Sapphire, Gold$25,000Free Shipping
- Fabergé Ruby, Emerald, and Diamond Flower BroochBy FabergéLocated in New York, NYA stylish Fabergé flower brooch in white gold with rubies,emeralds, and diamonds. France, circa 1990s. (“RU e SME S INT.”)Category
1990s French BroochesMaterials
Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, White Gold$45,000Free Shipping
- Emerald Diamond Gold Snake Brooch PinLocated in New York, NY18k yellow gold snake brooch, set with six oval (6.1 x 4.1mm to 7.1 x 5.4mm) and one emerald cut ( 9.5 x 6.4mm) emeralds, surrounded with approx. 0.50ctw in diamonds. Brooch is 75mm...Category
20th Century BroochesMaterials
Diamond, Emerald, Gold$9,000Free Shipping
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