Impressive Sales of fabergé eggs:
Fabergé eggs are extraordinary collection pieces in the past full of history. Their rarity makes them objects of envy among collectors, who are pushing when an egg or object of the famous Russian house makes its appearance in the sales rooms. On this easter weekend, barnebys travels to Russia and take a look at the record sales of these pieces of tradition.
The house was founded in 1842 by Gustav Farbergé, a Russian of French origin from a protestant family. He opens his first jewelry in Saint Petersburg and offers gold and precious stones of rare elegance, which quickly become a success with the Russian nobility. It is his son, Pierre-Karl Fabergé, who makes the house the emblem she is today. The Imperial family of Russia was then arrested by the success of Pierre-Karl’s creations and named the fabergé house “Goldsmith by special nomination to the imperial crown”.
This relationship between the royal family and the jeweler lasts until the th century and it was under the reign of Alexander III that the first fabergé egg was born. Pierre-Karl uses his talents and creates an egg as a gift for the young wife of the emperor.
Known as egg à la hen, the gift of the king is in gold, its opaque white shell opens to reveal his first surprise, a matte gold yellow that contains a little chicken.
In Eastern European countries, tradition prevents orthodox Christians from eating eggs during lent. Those who are not consumed are empty and painted to decorate the house.
Nothing is beautiful enough to adorn a fabergé egg: Pierre-Karl does not stand on precious stones, pearls and other precious metals, and surpasses itself a little more with every creation. During his career, he will produce a series of 50 Imperial eggs for the wife and mother of the Lord.
The tragic fate of the royal family led to the fall of the fabergé house in 1917, during the Russian revolution. The workshops are transformed and converted into war weapons factories, and the fabergé family is taking refuge in Switzerland. Part of the imperial egg collection is sold abroad for foreign currency, and only 43 eggs survive the revolution.
Fabergé eggs at auction:
Today, the prices of eggs and other jewelry designed by the Russian sign are reaching heights. The value of fabergé eggs lies mainly in their origin and rarity, and when they appear in the sales rooms, decades later, auctions break many records.
We remember the egg of the winter, offered by Russian Emperor Nicholas II to his mother on the occasion of the Easter celebrations of 1913, and sold in New York in 2002 for € 10,7 million. An absolute record for a fabergé egg. Made up of two blocks of rock crystal set with fine diamonds, the egg opens on a basket of edelweiss
A piece of originality without doubt, the orange egg of 1911 had been offered by the Emperor Nicholas II to his mother, the Empress Queen Maria Fedorovna. The object was presented in 2014 at sotheby’s with an estimate of € 12,5 million, and purchased by Russian billionaire victor vekselberg, who acquired the Forbes collection containing 9 eggs in 2004.
In 2007, the Rothschild Rothschild Egg of 1902 was bought by Collector Alexander Ivanov for the sum of 12,5 million euros. This exceptional piece came directly from the distinguished rothschild family without ever being on the market or even seen by the public.
Finally, the blue enamel egg, designed in 1887, was put on sale in 2014. It is surely one of the most remarkable works of the sign, both for its mechanical and aesthetic complexity: it Has the particularity of containing a vacheron-Constantin Clock. The egg found taker for the sum of 24 million euros, a new record for fabergé.
It is possible today to find at auction eggs for a lower sum, as shown by the sale of a cobalt blue musical egg, whose estimate was above 3 200 euros.
In 2007, the fabergé name was bought with the agreement of Pierre-Karl’s great-Granddaughter Tatiana. French jeweler frédéric zavy chairs the new creations, keeping the spirit of the founder. In 2010, the first fabergé shop opened in Geneva since 1915, with the introduction of a hundred pieces collection.
The production continues and in 2015, the house presents a new egg, the result of 18 months of work: the pearl egg. It is adorned with 139 fine pearls, 3 Diamonds and other precious stones. Its value is around 2 million euros.
Other objects of the Russian house are available at more affordable prices, such as rings or elegant coffee coasters. Another way to acquire some history.
Article of 2018, barnebys