Author: Welander-Berggren, Elsebeth, ed
Year Published: 1997
No. of pages: 239
Illustrations: 143 Color Illustrations. 25 B&W Illustrations.
Size: 11”x 8 1/2”
Biblio/Bio: Cat. of exh. Bibl. Index.
This exhibition displays the exquisite works from the Fabergé jewelry house in St. Petersburg and Moscow. This exhibition serves as a reminder both of Sweden’s past ties to its neighbor in the east and Sweden’s fascination with what they considered the exotic Russian Empire. In fact, many of the master jewelers have Swedish names, yet another reminder that Russia once belonged to Sweden. Swedes regard Russian crafts very highly, as the elegance and inherent value of these objects mirror the excess characteristic of the time of the Empire. Though this excess eventually led to the fall of the Empire, it was also responsible for the wondrously imaginative and dazzling handicrafts that emerged from its most renowned jewelry house. This book presents a complete catalog of over 300 works, as well as a detailed chronology and essays elaborating on topics such as the Fabergé house’s historical background, artwork, and its relationship with Sweden.