In addition to descriptions and provenance of the items on display, this work contains essays on: the history of Peter Carl Fabergé and his businesses in St. Petersburg and Moscow, as well as of the Romanov family; the meaning and significance of imperial awards, gifts and objects; and Fabergé’s jewelry, animal and flower carvings, picture frames, fans, parasol and cane handles, eggs, bell pulls, cigarette cases, and more. There is also some information on designer Alma Pihl and his workmasters. Of course, this all accents the book’s wonderful photography.
The McFerrins’ belief in education and sharing their knowledge is mirrored by the book’s contributors, whose essays are each accompanied by a bibliography and provenance.
Reviewed by GIA Library Staff