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Faberge's Eggs: One Man's Masterpieces and the End of an Empire [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Toby Faber
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6 Mar 2009
This is the story of Fabergé's Imperial Easter eggs – of their maker, of the tsars who commissioned them, of the middlemen who sold them and of the collectors who fell in love with them. It's a story of meticulous craftsmanship and unimaginable wealth, of lucky escapes and mysterious disappearances, and ultimately of greed, tragedy and devotion. Moreover, it is a story that mirrors the history of twentieth-century Russia – a satisfying arc that sees eggs made for the tsars, sold by Stalin, bought by Americans and now, finally, returned to post-communist Russia. There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces. Of the fifty 'Tsar Imperial' eggs known to have been made, eight are currently unaccounted for, providing endless scope for speculation and forgeries. This is the first book to tell the complete history of the eggs, encompassing the love and opulence in which they were conceived, the war and revolution that scattered them, and the collectors who preserved them.

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  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; Unabridged edition (6 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330440241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330440240
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is the first publication to document the mysteries and complete histories of these pieces.' --Burlington Magazine

About the Author

Toby Faber was formerly Managing Director of the publishing house Faber & Faber. He was born in Cambridge in 1965, and now lives in London with his wife and daughter. His last book was Stradivarius, also published by Macmillan.

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By Mr. Philip Harkins VINE VOICE
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Brilliantly researched book on Faberge, and his various commissions for the Russian Imperial Family, focusing mainly on the Imperial Easter Eggs which were given to the Tsarina as anniversary gifts each year.
The book has a lot of details, however it has a distinct lack of decent pictures: Something to consider if you are after a book with lots of illustrations as well as texts.
A great buy for history fans as well as those researching the Imperial House of Romanov and their extravagances.
Recommended as an addition to a Royal Historical bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 19 July 2013
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This is an excellent read for anyone who wants the background against which the eggs were made as well as their fall into obscurity and subsequent rise to notoriety! Well worth a read!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good read 24 Aug 2009
Format:Hardcover
A good read but too many irrelevant details for me. Personally I would have loved pictures of the beauty of the 'eggs'.
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