Monday, July 29, 2013

Faberge Egg: an unusual art object

Art sometimes find the means to express themselves in places and the most unusual objects. In sharp contrast to an object as simple and everyday as egg, combine Febergé jewelry, characteristic exuberance Imperialist Russia with the Easter tradition to create an object worshiped by collectors worldwide.
A Fabergé egg is one of the sixty-nine jewelry created by Carl Faberge and his craftsmen of the company Fabergé for the Russian Tsars, as well as some members of the nobility and the industrial and financial bourgeoisie, between 1885 and 1917 . Eggs are considered masterpieces of jewelry art.
The most important party of the church calendar is Russian Orthodox Easter. It is celebrated with three kisses and exchanging Easter eggs. Regarding the Faberge Imperial eggs, they began to make in 1885 when Czar Alexander III commissioned a Easter egg for his wife, Empress Maria Fyodorevna. The egg reminded
the empress's homeland, Denmark, and the jeweler had been inspired by an Easter egg that was in the Danish royal collections and pleased both the Czarina that the Czar ordered fabricate Peter Carl Faberge egg Gustavovich Easter each year to the Tsarina, stipulating only that the egg was unique and that it involved a surprise.
For the design of Faberge imperial eggs was inspired by various European artistic styles, such as Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and the Modernist as well as artwork that looked during their stay and travel in Europe. Eggs were created to commemorate events such as the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, the end of the Trans-Siberian Railway and to celebrate important anniversaries. Other eggs kept inside the imperial yacht Standart, the Uspensky Cathedral, the Gatchina Palace and Alexander Palace, to name a few.
Among the materials used by Faberge include metals such as gold, platinum, silver, copper, nickel, palladium, steel which were combined in different proportions in order to achieve different colors to the "shell" of the egg. The gemstones including sapphires, rubies and emeralds were used to decorate eggs and / or containing surprise when in size used was known as cabochon (round cut).

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