Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), Russian goldsmith and jeweler, whose designs were so imaginatively conceived and opulently executed that his work elevated jewelry to a decorative art level unequaled since the Renaissance.
Royal Jeweler • In 1885, the House of Fabergé was bestowed with the coveted title "Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown", beginning an association with the Russian tsars.
Objet d’art *An object of artistic merit
Faberge Eggs • In 1885, Tsar Alexander III commissioned the House of Fabergé to make an Easter egg as a gift for his wife, the Empress Maria Fedorovna.
The tradition of the Tsar giving his Empress a surprise Easter egg by Carl Fabergé continued. From 1887, it appears that Carl Fabergé was given complete freedom as to the design of the Imperial Easter eggs as they became more elaborate.
The eggs are made of precious metals or hard stones decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones.
The term "Fabergé egg" has become a synonym of luxury and the eggs are regarded as masterpieces of the jeweller's art. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs are regarded as the last great series of commissions for objets d'art.
New Orleans Museum of Art • installation includes, but is not limited to, Fabergé Easter Eggs, a box in the form of an Easter egg, a pink clock set with pearls that was owned by the last Tsarina of Russia, a Bismark Box laden with 90 carats of diamonds, an Imperial Horse Guard helmet, cigarette and card cases, clocks, inkwells, letter knives, glue pots, photograph frames and stamp viewers.