Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition:
An Empire’s Legacy
Excerpt from ArtDaily.org Review
“Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy features more than 70 objects ranging from 14th-century religious icons to the Walters’ two Imperial Easter eggs—the Gatchina Palace Egg (1901) and the Rose Trellis Egg (1907)—and provides fresh interpretations of Fabergé’s creations. This exhibition invites visitors to consider the broader historical context from which the House of Fabergé emerged, while marveling at some of the most magnificent works in the Walters Art Museum’s collection.
During the three centuries of Russia’s Romanov dynasty, patronage of the arts flourished. In 1885, the House of Fabergé created the first of fifty increasingly intricate jeweled and enameled Easter eggs. While the eggs may be among its most famous art objects, the output of Peter Carl Fabergé’s workshop was as diverse as it was ambitious. Fabergé united the technical and artistic skills of experts in enameling, gem-cutting and metal-smithing, and drew inspiration from the cultures of Japan, China and France. The workshop often followed the latest fashions, incorporating colorful, avant-garde elements into many objects; it also looked back in time, reviving historic Russian designs in traditional materials. This variety enabled Fabergé to build a wider audience, apart from the Russian elite, and made its products accessible to middle-class shoppers as well.
The House of Fabergé has come to symbolize Russia’s exceptional artistic output under the patronage of the Romanovs. Today, one hundred years after the abrupt and violent end of the Romanov dynasty during the revolution of 1917, the Fabergé name remains legendary.”
Design: I was involved in the design process from the initial concept to the final construction detailing and documentation.
Documentation: I was involved in documenting plans, elevations, fabrication details, and casework details, for client review and construction.
Coordination: I was actively coordinating with Graphic artists throughout the design process, as well as fabricators during the exhibition’s construction.
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