Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire

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This is the story of Faberge's Imperial Easter eggs – of their maker, of the tsars who commissioned them, of the middlemen who sold them and of the collectors who fell in love with them. It's a story of meticulous craftsmanship and unimaginable wealth, of lucky escapes and mysterious disappearances, and ultimately of greed, tragedy and devotion. Moreover, it is a story that mirrors the history of twentieth-century Russia – a satisfying arc that sees eggs made for the tsars, sold by Stalin, bought by Americans and now, finally, returned to post-communist Russia. There is also an intriguing element of mystery surrounding the masterpieces. Of the fifty 'Tsar Imperial' eggs known to have been made, eight are currently unaccounted for, providing endless scope for speculation and forgeries. This is the first book to tell the complete history of the eggs, encompassing the love and opulence in which they were conceived, the war and revolution that scattered them, and the collectors who preserved them.

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'...a hugely enjoyable and informative account of the making and afterlife of the jeweller's art.' -- Sam Leith, Spectator

'A throughly engrossing and meticulous look at the coveted collectables'
-- Bookseller

'An engrossing history of the eggs and the turbulent times in which they were made' -- Antiques Magazine

'Faber recognises that the facts surrounding the eggs are more than a match for any myth.' -- Literary Review

'Faber's is the first book to tell the story of the Faberge eggs against the background of their time...' -- Leicester Mercury

'Superlatively researched . . fascinating'
-- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

'They were the ultimate Easter eggs - extravagant ornamental gifts.' -- Sunday Telegraph

'What a well written tale it is . . . highly readable and well researched' -- Western Daily Press

'[A] fascinating chronicle . . . illustrated with some remarkable photographs.' -- Hull Daily Mail

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