Fabergé, The Mc Ferrin Collection …. from a snowflake to an iceberg, / del copo de nieve a un témpano

The series of lavish Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the Russian Imperial family, between 1885 and 1916, against an extraordinary historical backdrop, is regarded as the artist-goldsmith’s greatest and most enduring achievement. The Imperial Easter eggs are certainly the most celebrated and awe-inspiring of all Fabergé works of art, inextricably bound to the Fabergé name and legend. They are also considered as some of the last great commissions of objets d’art.
The story began when Tsar Alexander III decided to give a jewelled Easter egg to his wife the Empress Marie Fedorovna, in 1885, possibly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their betrothal. It is believed that the Tsar, who had first become acquainted with Fabergé’s virtuoso work at the Moscow Pan-Russian Exhibition in 1882, was inspired by an 18th century egg owned by the Empress’s aunt, Princess Wilhelmine Marie of Denmark. The object was said to have captivated the imagination of the young Maria during her childhood in Denmark. Tsar Alexander was apparently involved in the design and execution of the egg, making suggestions to Fabergé as the project went along. Easter was the most important occasion of the year in the Russian Orthodox Church, equivalent to Christmas in the West. A centuries-old tradition of bringing hand-coloured eggs to Church to be blessed and then presented to friends and family, had evolved through the years and, amongst the highest echelons of St Petersburg society, the custom developed of presenting valuably bejewelled Easter gifts. So it was that Tsar Alexander III had the idea of commissioning Fabergé to create a precious Easter egg as a surprise for the Empress, and thus the first Imperial Easter egg was born.

La figura del joyero ruso siempre me ha parecido fascinante. La historia de este país, de la que Rutherford hace una genial semblanza en su novela Rusos, la cual recomiendo fervientemente, siempre ha sido como un imán para mí. Desde la época de Catalina la Grande, los Romanov y su Dinastía me han trasmitido la historia de una nación que pagó el enriquecimiento de sus zares de una forma cruel, violenta, y no por ello menos comprensible, por parte de la clase obrera empobrecida hasta límites escalofriantes.
En las antípodas de dicha clase social, la alta aristocracia y la nobleza vivía una vida de excesos y lujos superfluos como no se había conocido jamás en la historia de Rusia.
En ese caldo de cultivo es donde nace esta preciosa tradición de los huevos de pascua de este insigne artista y joyero.
Peter Carl Fabergé es considerado uno de los orfebres más destacados del mundo, que realizó 69 huevos de Pascua entre los años 1885 a 1917, 61 de los cuales se conservan.

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