by Christel Ludewig McCanless
Carl Faberge (1846-1920), Russian court jeweler to Tsar Alexander
III and his consort, Marie Fedorovna, and to Tsar Nicholas II and
Alexandra Fedorovna, created Imperial Easter eggs and objets d’art
from 1885-1918. The publications enumerated below are in chronological
sequence to highlight the historical development of the art from the
House of Faberge for collectors and Faberge enthusiasts. The tragic
story of the last of the Romanovs is in Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra,
Additional published sources about Faberge eggs are in Lowes and McCanless.
Faberge Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia, 2001. http://www.scarecrowpress.com/
citations, not included in this selected bibliography, are in Faberge
Works: An Annotated Bibliography of the First Century of His Art
by Christel L. McCanless, 1994. http://www.scarecrowpress.com/
Two recommended web sites to determine availability of these publications
(consortium of out-of- print book dealers).
Peter Carl Faberge
and His Story
Hammer, Armand. Quest of the Romanoff Treasure, 1932.
Author describes his travels in the Soviet
in the early 1920s and the subsequent export of the Romanoff treasures.
Faberge objects acquired during this time were for sale and exhibited
in the late 1930s at the Hammer Galleries in New York City, and in
department stores in various cities in the United States.
Bainbridge, Henry Charles. Twice Seven, 1933.
Author, as the manager of the London Faberge shop, provides first
hand knowledge in a few chapters about Peter Carl Faberge, jeweler
to the Russian Imperial Tsars: Alexander III (1845-1894) and his wife,
Marie Fedorovna, and Nicholas II (1868-1918) and his wife, Alexandra
Exhibition of Russian Art at 1
First exhibition of at least eight Faberge eggs and other objects
in the house of Madame Koch de Gooreynd in London to aid the Imperial
Russian Red Cross.
Bainbridge, Henry Charles. Peter Carl Faberge: Goldsmith and Jeweller
to the Russian
and the Principal Crowned Heads of Europe,
First monograph with black/white and color illustrations, which brought
the art of Faberge to the attention of the western world.
Faberge: A Loan Exhibition of the Works of Carl Faberge, Jeweller
and Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia (1846-1920), and
A La Vieille
An Exhibition of His Works: Peter Carl Faberge, Goldsmith and Jeweller
to the Russian
Imperial Court and to the Principal Crowned Heads of Europe,
Exhibitions held in London
and New York City consecutively to coincide with the publication of
Mr. Bainbridge's 1949 monograph.
Ross, Marvin C. Faberge: Illustrated with Objects from the Walters
Booklet illustrating the Faberge collection acquired by art collector
Henry Walters in the Faberge shop in St. Petersburg in 1900, and later
willed to the Walters
in Baltimore (MD).
Snowman, A. Kenneth. The Art of Carl Faberge, 1953.
Author, chairman of the British jewelry dealer Wartski, arranged the
first Faberge loan exhibition in 1949, and in this book details the
history of the firm and provides technical descriptions of the objets
de vertu. Later revised editions were published in 1962 and in 1964
with new information.
Special Coronation Exhibition of the Work of Carl Faberge, Including
Selected Items from the Royal Collection at Sandringham,
for the first exhibition of 365 Faberge objects from the collection
of Queen Elizabeth II as well as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
and other sources, planned to coincide with the coronation of Queen
Elizabeth II in June 1953.
Lesley, Parker. Handbook of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection:
Russian Imperial Jewels, 1960. Catalog raisonné of the Faberge
collection acquired between 1933-1946 by Mrs. Pratt, wife of a General
Motors executive of Fredericksburg (VA). It was willed to the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond in 1947 and opened to the public in
1954. Contains black and white illustrations.
A La Vieille
The Art of Peter Carl Faberge: A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit
of the Scholarship Fund of the Manhattan
School of Music,
Second major American exhibition held on the premises of long-time
Faberge dealer, A La Vieille Russie, in New York City.
Ross, Marvin C. Art of Karl Faberge and His Contemporaries,
Monograph with an introduction by Marjorie Merriweather Post, heiress
to the Post cereal fortune, describes Mrs. Post's Russian decorative
arts collection including Faberge. In 1977 this collection became
part of Hillwood Museum, her former residence, in Washington (DC).
Mrs. Post acquired her first Faberge object in 1927 and more objects
were added in the 1930s.
Henry. Faberge and His Contemporaries: The India
Early Minshall Collection of The Cleveland
Museum of Art,
raisonné for a Faberge collection acquired by one of the four women
collectors in the United
in the 1930-40s and later willed to museums. The other collections
are in New Orleans (LA), Richmond (VA), and Washington (DC).
Snowman, A. Kenneth. Carl Faberge, Goldsmith to the Imperial Court
of Russia, 1979.
Based on information found in two earlier books (Bainbridge, 1949,
and Snowman, 1953) the author was able to add to this text color photographs
of the Royal Collections of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and
other member of the British Royal family. New color illustrations
of the Moscow Kremlin Faberge collection are also included.
von Habsburg, Géza, and Alexander von Solodkoff. Faberge, Court
Jeweler to the Tsars, 1979.
The authors affiliated with Christie's, a leading auction house dealing
in Faberge, detail the styles and techniques used by Faberge, his
rivals, and imitators. Included are a list of 40 work masters and
their marks, a photographic catalog of the Easter eggs, rare sketches
from the Faberge archives, and pages from the newly discovered sales
ledgers from the London Faberge branch.
Christopher, and Armand Hammer. Faberge Eggs: Imperial Russian
Fantasies, 1980. Poster-size book illustrating miniature as well
as full-size Faberge eggs in The Forbes Magazine Collection in New
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla, et al. Carl Faberge and His Contemporaries,
Catalog for an exhibition held at The Museum of Applied Arts, Helsinki,
Finland. Text includes personal and historical notes on Faberge's
Finnish work masters and designers, a history of the firm of Tillander
and other Finnish goldsmiths in St. Petersburg during two centuries.
Text is in English, Finnish and Swedish.
A. Kenneth Snowman. Faberge: Jeweler to Royalty, 1983.
two hundred pieces of Faberge from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II and other British Lenders was shown at the Cooper-Hewitt
Museum in New York City. The companion exhibition at the A La Viellie
Russie of over 560 pieces was extended for a month. The catalog for
it is Faberge, A Loan Exhibition for the Benefit of the Copper-Hewitt
Solodkoff, Alexander, et al. Masterpieces from the House of Faberge,
Edited by Christopher Forbes, this catalog raisonné of The Forbes
Magazine Collection in New
contains essays describing new discoveries by several Faberge scholars
and is published to coincide with the opening of the permanent installation
of the largest Faberge collection in the United States.
von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Faberge, Hofjuwelier der Zaren (English
title: Faberge), 1986.
Monograph for 664 objects in the 1986-87 Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung
exhibition in Munich,
Contributed essays, extensive color illustrations and chapters on
work masters, marks, competitors and faux-Faberge. Text is in German;
an English edition was published in 1987.
Brezzo, Steven L., et al. Faberge: The Imperial Eggs, 1989.
Catalog for the San Diego (CA) exhibition of 27 Faberge Easter eggs
- the largest reunion of eggs since the confiscation of the Imperial
family's property in 1917. Included are comments on the eggs on loan
from the Moscow Kremlin, The Forbes Magazine Collection and other
museum and private collections, an illustrated catalog of all known
eggs, and a chronology of the House of Faberge. Russian language text
(Faberge Easter Eggs: Souvenirs Made for the Russian Imperial
Family) was published when most of the exhibition was shown
in the Moscow Kremlin in early 1990.
Hill, Gerard, et al. Faberge and the Russian Master Goldsmiths,
Poster-size color illustrations of nearly 300 objects including Faberge,
a collaborative effort between curators in the Soviet Union and the
Great Faberge: The Art of the Jewellers of the Court Firm,
of the first ever Faberge exhibition held in the Soviet Union
and co-organized by A. Tillander, whose firm was a contemporary of
Faberge. Ten Russian museums from Moscow and Leningrad, A La Viellie
Russie of New York City, and a number of private collectors in Finland
were invited to exhibit at the Elagin Palace in Leningrad in 1989.
This catalog in Russian and English inspired by the exhibition was
published the following year.
Keefe, John Webster. Masterpieces of Faberge: The Matilda Geddings
Gray Foundation Collection, 1993.
Revised edition of the 1972 catalog raisonné by
Fagaly and Grady with color illustrations of the Faberge collection
on permanent loan to the New Orleans (LA) Museum of Art.
Habsburg, Géza, and Marina Lopato. Faberge: Imperial Jeweler,
to accompany exhibition sponsored by the Faberge Arts Foundation,
Washington (DC), and the State
Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition of 369 objects, photographs,
and drawings traveled during 1993-94 from the State Hermitage Museum
to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and then to the Victoria
& Albert Museum, London. Separate Russian, French, and English
editions of the catalog were published.
McCanless, Christel Ludewig. Faberge and His Works: An Annotated
Bibliography of the First Century of His Art, 1994.
Art history reference book of 1772 comprehensive journal citations
arranged chronologically with annotations in English. Foreign language
titles are translated.
von Habsburg, Géza. Carl Faberge, 1994.
Biography of Faberge for ages seven and up, which is a part of the
First Impressions: Introductions to Art series.
Curry, David Park. Faberge: Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts,
Catalog raisonné for the Pratt Collection in Richmond (VA). It also
served as the exhibition catalog for the Pratt Collection, which traveled
as part of 1996 Faberge in America venue beginning at the Metropolitan
Museum in New York City and touring four other cities in the United
von Habsburg, Géza. Faberge: Fantasies & Treasures, 1995.
Introduction to the House of Faberge and its production, illustrated
with selected works from the 1996 Faberge in America exhibition
organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San
This exhibition toured five major American cities in 1996-97.
Odom, Anne. Faberge at Hillwood, 1996.
First publication in the Hillwood Collection Series featuring
the extensive Russian and French decorative art collections of the
late Marjorie Merriweather Post at Hillwood Museum, her former residence
in Washington (DC).
von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Faberge in America, 1996.
Monograph to accompany a traveling exhibition (New York City, San
Francisco, Richmond, VA, New Orleans, LA, and Cleveland, OH) in 1996-97.
The exhibition and the catalog begin with the history of the House
of Faberge in Russia and the legacy of the Tsars, is followed by the
histories of five major American collectors: Matilda Geddings Gray,
India Early Minshall, Lillian Thomas Pratt, Marjorie Merriweather
Post, and Malcolm S. Forbes. Contains extensive appendices.
Faberge, Tatiana, et al. The Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs,
Letters written by Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II, Faberge invoices,
cabinet documents and Bolshevik inventories are the basis for new
research by Valentin V. Skurlov of St.
This information sheds new light on the history of the Faberge eggs.
Elsebeth, et al. Carl Faberge, Goldsmith to the Tsar, 1997.
catalog to accompany a venue at the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden,
to explore the close relationship between Russia and the Scandinavian
countries as it relates to Faberge.
John, et al. The Faberge Case: From the Private Collection of John
raisonné with color illustrations and extensive commentaries for the
collection of cigarette cases and related accessories of John Traina
Forbes, Christopher, and Robyn Tromeur-Brenner. Faberge: The Forbes
Collection, 1999. Catalog raisonné of the extensive collection
begun by Malcolm S. Forbes in 1960. One hundred and twenty pieces
are accompanied by detailed essays on their significance, history,
and the artisans who created them. Objects are illustrated in color
and 26 of them are tip-ins in this poster-size book printed on elegant
Tillander-Godenhielm, Ulla, et al. Golden Years of Faberge: Drawings
and Objects from the Wigström Workshop, 2000.
Documentation of Faberge techniques was scarce until the recent discovery
of an album with more than 1,000 drawings from the workshop of Henrik
Wigström, Faberge's chief work master from 1903-1917. Objects, which
have been identified, are reproduced next to the original drawings.
Monograph published in a slipcase accompanied an exhibition at A La
Vieille Russie in New York City of over 100 finished objects including
loans from the Royal Collection of Thailand.
von Habsburg, Géza, et al. Faberge: Imperial Craftsman and His
Monograph published to accompany an exhibition in Wilmington (DE)
of over 1,000 treasures of Faberge and his work masters, Faberge's
Russian competitors (Bolin and Tillander), and foreign contemporaries
(Tiffany, Cartier, Boucheron and Lalique). Nine major Faberge work
masters and their work are featured. Faberge: Imperial Craftsman
and His World: Exhibition Album by Robert Steven Bianchi was also
Lowes, Will, and Christel Ludewig McCanless. Faberge Eggs: A Retrospective
Monograph gives comprehensive information about
66 Faberge eggs divided into four categories - Tsar Imperial, Imperial,
Kelch and Other. Technical descriptions, all known public exhibitions
and auctions through 1997, and reference citations (books, journals,
newspapers, and miscellaneous sources) covering the literature of
nine countries are given for each egg. Who's Who in the House of Faberge
profiles 500 artisans and companies who worked for or with Faberge.
Geoffrey C. Tiaras: A History of Splendour, 2001.
Scholarly text with 400 illustrations includes
chapters on tiaras as crown jewels, Russian style tiaras, and tiaras
as works of art. The relationship between the tiara and the costume
ball is explored and Faberge tiaras are discussed. The monograph accompanied
an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Ole Villumsen, et al. Treasures of Russia
– Imperial Gifts,
in Danish, English, and Russian to accompany an exhibition by the
same name in which the connection between the Danish Royal Family
and the Russian Imperial family as well as the House of Romanov and
the House of Faberge are explored in depth.
William R, et al. The Faberge Menagerie, 2003.
for an exhibition organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore
(MD) in cooperation with the Faberge Arts Foundation, Washington (DC).
Faberge animals are studied in detail.
Guitaut, Caroline. Faberge in the Royal Collection, 2003.
raisonné of the British Royal Collection of Faberge, which is one
of the largest and most varied collections in existence, and is shown
in Edinburgh, Scotland and London during 2003-2004. The British, Danish,
and Russian royal families had close personal ties and often exchanged
Faberge gifts before the Russian Revolution in 1918.