DescriptionPeter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846–1920) created splendid gem-set presentation boxes for Czar Nicholas II to give to monarchs and heads of state. This hand-enameled bottle stopper, of gold overlay on pewter with crystal, is based on an original Imperial presentation box inset with diamonds, made by Fabergé’s studios in 1916.
Available in red/topaz, emerald/topaz, or sapphire/topaz. Pewter, with gold overlay, hand enameled, with crystals. Stainless-steel stopper. 3 5/8"L.
- Available in red/topaz, emerald/topaz, or sapphire/topaz
- 3 5/8"L
- Gold overlay, hand enameled, with crystals
- Stainless-steel stopper
Art HistoryPeter Carl Fabergé has been called “the greatest craftsman in the age of craftsmen.” A master jeweler, he had a superb knowledge of historical styles and periods, past and present, whether his source was the glory of ancient Greece or the lavish court of Louis XV. An object from the House of Fabergé is invariably a creation of uncommon opulence, making each work instantly recognizable and highly original. Fabergé was just 26 years old in 1872 when he took over his father’s jewelry store in St. Petersburg, Russia. With the help of his brother Agathon, he cultivated the patronage of the Romanov dynasty and the elite of Edwardian society. Fabergé’s studios produced a wide variety of objets d’art, including magnificent jewelry, clocks, enamel cigarette cases, boxes, and frames. In particular, he brought the art of exquisite guilloché enamel to new heights of technical excellence. His masterful work in gold, precious gems, lapidary carvings, and enamel made the House of Fabergé justly famous—with the ultimate achievement being the celebrated series of jeweled Easter Eggs created for the last two czars of the Romanov dynasty. In 1885, Fabergé was named “Supplier by Special Appointment to the Imperial Court” of Czar Alexander III, who ordered the first Imperial Easter Egg for his wife Maria Feodorovna that year. The Romanovs, members of the European aristocracy, were connected by marriage to the crowned heads of Europe. Czar Alexander III’s son, Nicholas II, married German Princess Alix von Hesse in November 1894; she became Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna and bore Nicholas five children. For both czars, Fabergé’s workshops made extraordinary objects of fantasy and presentation pieces to give to heads of state, as well as finely crafted accessories for the Imperial Family’s private use. After revolution swept Russia in 1917, the Romanov dynasty came to a tragic end.