In 1872 when Peter Carl Fabergé (Russian, 1846–1920) was only twenty-six years old, he took over his father’s jewelry business in St. Petersburg, Russia. With the help of his brother Agathon, he cultivated the patronage of the last two czars of the Romanov dynasty and the elite of Edwardian society.
Fabergé’s studios produced a wide variety of objets d’art, including magnificent jewelry, clocks, enamel cigarette cases, boxes, and frames. The ultimate achievement of the House of Fabergé is the series of jeweled Easter eggs created for Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. These delicate “works of fantasy” often memorialized important occasions in the reign of the Imperial Romanov family.
The Museum’s Russian Imperial Magnifier is based on an original magnifying glass designed by Fabergé about 1896–1908. The Museum’s magnifier is crafted of hand-enameled 24k gold overlay, a glass magnifier, and (in some designs) SWAROVSKI ELEMENT crystals.
Chain: 76cm (30")
Magnifier: L 6cm (2.5"); W 3.8cm (1.5")
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