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House of Fabergé

Information about Russian jewellers the House of Fabergé

The House of Fabergé is a Russian jewellery firm founded in 1842 in St Petersburg by Gustav Fabergé. Gustav Fabergé originally moved to St Petersburg to train as a goldsmith, earning the title of Master Goldsmith.

Gustav Fabergé had a son, Peter Carl Fabergé, more popularly known as Carl Fabergé. In 1882, Carl Fabergé took over the running of the firm and was also awarded the title of Master Goldsmith. The firm was nationalised by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

The firm has been famous for designing elaborate jewel-encrusted Fabergé Eggs for the Russian Tsars and other work. The House of Fabergé also stocked a full range of jewellery and other ornamental objects.

There were enamelled gold and silver gilt, as well as wooden photograph frames; gold and silver boxes; desk sets and timepieces. Quality was assured as every article made was approved by Carl Fabergé, or in his absence by his eldest son Eugène Fabergé, before it was placed into stock. The minutest of faults would result in rejection.

The House of Fabergé won international awards and became Russia’s largest jewellery firm, employing some 500 craftsmen and designers.

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House of Fabergé Related Lots

Lot FS19/140

Lot FS19/140: Faberge. A Modern Diamond and Enamel Egg Locket Pendant

Faberge. A modern diamond and enamel egg locket pendant accented with pink and dark red enamel and two, brilliant-cut diamonds with inner mounted chain suspending a rose drop, stamped 'FABERGE 46/1000', with certificate of authenticity and fitted case.

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400
Realised: £1,100

Lot SE48/151

Lot SE48/151: Faberge Cane Handle

A translucent white guilloche enamelled cane handle of tapering cylinderical form with foliate chased two-colour gold bands struck with marks for Henrik Wigstorm, 47mm long, in a fitted holly wood case stamped 'Faberge', together with a handwritten note.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Realised: £15,500