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Faberge Eggs: Masterpieces from Czarist Russia Hardcover – 18 Apr 1991

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  • Hardcover: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates; Subsequent edition (18 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883630907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883630907
  • Product Dimensions: 32 x 23.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mention Faberge eggs, and immediately a vision of luxurious treasures springs to mind! Lost to the world for many years after the Russian Revolution and the downfall of the Czars, these masterpieces have gradually come to light and are now seen as symbols of a long-gone era of opulence and even self-indulgence. Today, thanks to the persistence of dedicated collectors, more than 40 eggs are on display in museums, galleries, and private collections all over the world. Now they have been assembled in this book. Each photo is accompanied by an authoritative commentary that not only describes the eggs in detail but also provides details of court life in Imperial Russia. An informative introduction sets the stage historically and relates the life of the genius behind the 'House of Faberge'.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Sept. 2006
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Rarely have I picked up a book and been so overwhelmingly impressed! Faberge eggs are glamorous and beautiful and this book matches them for 'wow factor'.

Each egg in the book is illustrated in full colour - one egg per page! On the opposite page to each photograph is a description of the egg, the date of it's manufacture, who created it and who it was for originally. A few of the eggs have two full page illustrations each so that it's beauty can be seen in glorious close-up or with it's surprise opened out for extra clarity.

If I was to be picky I'd say I was disappointed with the photo of the Siberian Railway Egg because the egg itself is over ten inches in height and whilst the page is ample big enough to hold a full-size illustration, the egg is shown much reduced in size. Okay the reason is that the little model of the train that came with it is shown in detail so I suppose you can't have everything. As I said, I'm being picky.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you want a touch of true glamour and luxury on your coffee table, then this is the book to get.
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By Carol on 29 July 2013
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Having looked at new prices for this book £85.95 and £122.53, I was expecting a very fine book.

However I paid £19.99 plus only to find the new price of the book printed on the inside of the dust jacket of £22.40 ($35) and was disappointed .
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Beautifully photographed and intelligently described 11 May 2000
By mcaliman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is worthwhile whether the reader wants an introduction to Faberge easter eggs or is already familiar with these masterpieces. It provides a history of Peter Carl Faberge and his works. It includes photographs of forty easter eggs, most of them being the Imperial easter eggs which were gifts from Alexander III and Nicholas II to their wives or the dowager empress. Other less well known but also spectacular eggs are included. The photographs show the eggs and surprises to their best advantage. The corresponding descriptions provide information about the significance of each egg. There were some eggs in this book that I had never seen in other books, including Imperial easter eggs that apparently have not been part of recent museum tours. I first bought the Christopher Forbes book in paperback, but returned it because I was disappointed with it. I will be keeping this one.
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Fabulous Faberge 30 Aug. 2005
By D. C. Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Having just recently been in the Armoury at the Kremlin and seeing the Faberge Eggs they have there and being absolutely blown away by them I was very pleased to be able to purchase this book even though is was the 1990 edition.

The book shows the eggs in close up often with the fancy inside shown in more detail and a small essay on each one, how it was made and the significance of what it portrays.

They are the most fabulous things not neccessarily because of the jewels involved (which are just wonderful) but mainly because of the incredible workmanship involved in the mechanics of them I can never forget the Trans Siberian Egg with the little solid gold five carriage and engine train which goes by clockwork!

The book was just great especially showing eggs I haven't seen if you are interested in these extraordinary eggs I recommend it to you wholeheartedly.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Art of Peter Carl Fabergé 7 Jan. 2008
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Gratefully this very well written and designed volume 'Fabergé Eggs' by Susanna Pfeffer is back in circulation. It celebrates the fantasy of art for the particular audience of Czarist Russia from 1885 to the decline of the Czars, but as with all true art the legend and the art lives on.

Though most everyone knows about the creations of Peter Carl Fabergé of the House of Fabergé who created the first Russian Easter Egg in 1885, few will have seen the extent of the genre as published in this book. Susanna Pfeffer provides an informative introduction about the history of the first Egg and then follows the prominence of the strange and beautiful art form through the awards bestowed at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris where the Imperial Eggs were on display for the first time outside the palaces. She then follows her survey of Russian history with full page color photographs of forty of the eggs accompanied by a brief but interesting capsule of history of each egg's creation and meaning. The Eggs themselves are shown in dazzling color with some of the eggs 'inner secrets' shared on separate pages: fold out screens of military conquests, small crowned hens of gold and rubies, portraits etc) allow the reader to know more about each egg than the casual museum goer.

This book is well designed and on fine paper and is the best of the 'affordable' books on this fascinating interplay of art and politics! Worth scouting around to find a copy before they disappear again. Grady Harp, January 08
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Great bk. 27 July 2014
By debbie jones - Published on
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I love this book.
The book is exactly what I was looking for. 20 Mar. 2015
By SL Silver - Published on
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The book is exactly what I was looking for. Exquisite photographs and just the right amount of background on each piece
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