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Faberge : His Masters and Artisans - Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm


His Masters and Artisans

Hardcover Published: 15th September 2019
ISBN: 9781911604204
Number Of Pages: 272

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Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), jeweller to the Russian Imperial Court, enjoys iconic stature in the history of the goldsmiths’ art. His life’s work is still celebrated today, a century after the forced closure of his company in St Petersburg, capital of the then crumbling Russian Empire. Wherever Fabergé’s works are shown, whether at exhibitions or in salerooms, they delight and inspire.

However no man is an island. Without a host of creative talents behind the scenes – designers, master goldsmiths and silversmiths – Carl Fabergé’s business could not have flourished. Fabergé: His Masters and Artisans lifts these craftsmen into the limelight; craftsmen who not only deserve our closer attention, but the captivating stories of their lives and careers add appreciably to what is known of the working processes at Fabergé.

Featured here are names – familiar from the maker’s marks on countless Fabergé treasures – of men such as Erik Kollin, August Holmström, Henrik Wigström, Viktor Aarne, Gabriel Nykänen, and many others. The book also explores jewellery manufacturing methods, touches on the company’s wellknown and influential customers, as well as, of course, showcasing Fabergé’s very recognisable style and creativity. It contains much new information, including reminiscences, letters, and personal photographs alongside detailed images of Fabergé works


Foreword by Geoffrey Munn

3. Orthography and Dates

4. Chronology of the House of Faberge - Emphasis on the Craftsmen and Workshops

5. Background to the Faberge family, Gustav Faberge

6. Hiskias Pontinen, Gustav Faberge's Partner and Friend

7. Wilhelm Reimer, Andrei Gur'ianov. Edward Schramm

8. Carl Faberge's Years of Study

9. Erik Kollin, Faberge's First Head Workmaster

10. August Holmstrom, Faberge's Master of Jewellery

11. The Workshop of August Holmstrom

12. Mikhail Perkhin, Faberge's Second Head Workmaster

13. The Workshop of Mikhail Perkhin

14. Henrik Wigstrom, Faberge's Third Head Workmaster

15. A Series of Coincidences

16. The Most Important Work of Engraver Jalmari Haikonen

17. Albert Holmstrom, Faberge's Second Master of Jewellery

18. Alina Holmstrom, Designer of Garland Jewellery

19. Alma Pihl. From From Trainee to Designer of Imperial Easter Eggs

20. August Hollming. Jewellery and Cigarette Cases

21. The Workshop of August Hollming

22. Vaino Hollming

23. Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna's Gift

24. Alfred Thielemann

25. Antti Nevalainen

26. Gabriel Nykanen

27. Anders Mickelsson, Vasilii Solov'ev.

28. Theodor and Anna Ringe

29. Viktor Aarne. "Our Lalique".

30. Hjalmar Armfelt. An Extraordinary Life Story

31. Fedor Afanas'ev

32. Julius Rappoport. Faberge's Head Silversmith

33. Stefan, Konstantin and Alexander Vakeva. A Family of Silversmiths

34. Gilding the Guardian Angel of St Petersburg

35. Enameling Workshops

36. Stone Cutters

37. Oskar Pihl. Faberge's First Master of Jewellery in Moscow

38. Simo Kaki. Master Case Maker

39. Appendices

40. Faberge's Marks

41. Faberge's other workmasters and contemporaries

42. St Petersburg's master goldsmiths

43. Notes

44. References

45. Acknowledgements

46. Index

ISBN: 9781911604204
ISBN-10: 1911604201
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 15th September 2019
Publisher: Unicorn Press Publishing Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 23.0  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 1.57

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