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The Fabergé family originated in France but was forced to leave the courty due to religious persecution.  During the 18th century, the family settled in Russia.

Peter Carl Fabergé was born on May 30, 1846, the son of a goldsmith.  After apprenticing with several master goldsmiths in Germany, France and England, Peter Carl Fabergé returned to St. Petersburg a highly accomplished craftsman.  He was now ready to enter the small family business…

From modest beginnings, Peter Carl Fabergé built the House of Fabergé which became internationally renowned.  Catering to the Russian Imperial Family, its jewellery and objects d’art were also coveted by the most wealthy and powerful families in the world, and the Royal Courts of Europe.

Fabergé’s fame rests on his achievement in creating the world famous Imperial Eggs, the result of patronage on a grand scale by the Imperial Court of Russia.

In 1885, Czar Alexander III designated Peter Carl Fabergé “Sipplier to the Imperial Court” and gave Fabergé the mandate to design and create the first Imperial Easter Egg.  The house of Fabergé thus became the largest jewellery firm in Russia, employing more than 500 highly skilled craftsmen and designers.  Fabergé designed and produced remarkable luxury goods and objects d’art with incredible imagination and mastery.  He opened several showrooms in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev, Odessa and London.

Fabergé production was terminated in Russia with the onset of the 1917 Bolshevik

Revolution.  The Fabergé workshops were taken over by the Soviet government.  All of the Fabergé gold, silver, precios gemstones, tools and dies were confiscated by Soviet officials.  A period of hardship and dramatic change in the social system of Russia changed the world and The House of Fabergé forever.

Peter Carl Fabergé and his family escaped Russia, went first to Germany, and the settled in Switzerland.  He died in Lausanne, Switzerland in September 1920 at the age of 74 years.

 
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