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Fabergé's eggs : the extraordinary story of the masterpieces that outlived an empire

Author: Toby Faber
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The Easter presents that Russia's last two czars gave to their czarinas have become synonymous with privilege, beauty, and an almost provocative uselessness. They are perhaps the most redolent symbols of the old empire's phenomenal craftsmanship, of the decadence of its court, and of the upheavals that brought about its inevitable downfall. Faberge's Eggs is the first book to recount the remarkable story of these  Read more...
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Named Person: Peter Carl Fabergé; House of Romanov; Peter Carl Fabergé; House of Romanov
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Toby Faber
ISBN: 9781400065509 140006550X
OCLC Number: 176952126
Description: xvi, 302 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 "Christ Is Risen!" 3 --
2 "As Precious as an Egg on Christ's Own Day" 17 --
3 "A Continuation of the Long Funeral Ceremonies" 28 --
4 "Utterly Different in Character, Habits, and Outlook" 38 --
5 "The Warm and Brilliant Shop of Carl Faberge" 49 --
6 "The Ancestor Who Appeals to Me Least of All" 57 --
7 "We Shall Have to Show Dirty Diapers" 63 --
8 "A Good, Religious, Simple-Minded Russian" 73 --
9 "The Little One Will Not Die" 82 --
10 "An Unparalleled Genius" 95 --
11 "Faberge Has Just Brought Your Delightful Egg" 103 --
12 "Everything Seems Sad" 117 --
13 "Guard It Well. It Is the Last" 125 --
14 "This Is Life No More" 135 --
15 "You Will Have All of It When I Am Gone" 144 --
16 "Determining Their Fate Irrevocably in a Few Moments" 152 --
17 "Pick Out Gold, Silver, and Platinum from the Articles of Minimal Museum Value" 161 --
18 "I Know That May Was Passionately Fond of Fine Jewelry" 170 --
19 "Department Stores-Try the Department Stores" 178 --
20 "Old Civilisations Put to the Sword" 187 --
21 "Turn-of-the-Century Trinkets" 196 --
22 "When You Viewed His Faberge Collection, You Were Doing Him a Favor" 205 --
23 "He Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins" 219 --
24 "Handle It and Then Question It; That Thing Is as Right as Rain" 226 --
25 "You Can Put All Your Eggs in One Basket" 235 --
Appendix 1 Family Trees 245 --
Appendix 2 Full Listing of the Imperial Eggs 249.
Responsibility: Toby Faber.
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The Easter presents that Russia's last two czars gave to their czarinas have become synonymous with privilege, beauty, and an almost provocative uselessness. They are perhaps the most redolent symbols of the old empire's phenomenal craftsmanship, of the decadence of its court, and of the upheavals that brought about its inevitable downfall. Faberge's Eggs is the first book to recount the remarkable story of these masterpieces, taking us from the circumstances that inspired each egg's design, through their disappearance in the trauma of revolution, to their eventual reemergence in the global marketplace.

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