Peter Carl Faberge was born on 18 May 1846. He was a Russian jeweler, best known for the famous Faberge eggs, made in the style of genuine Easter eggs, but using expensive metals and gemstones rather than more ordinary materials.
Between 1885 and 1916, fifty-four Imperial Faberge eggs were specially made by the Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as easter presents for the Tsarinas Marie and Alexandra Feodorovna. Grabbing the eye of Empress Maria Feodorovna with his striking reproductions of Russian archaeological treasures, Faberge was named Supplier by Special engagement to the Imperial Court in 1885.
Over the following 30 years, Faberge produced more than 150,000 objects for the Romanov court, enabling him to employ 500 highly skilled craftsmen and expand his St. Petersburg firm with branches in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa as well as London.
Forty-seven of the fifty-four Imperial Russian Faberge eggs are known to exist. A cunningly wrought 'surprise' was often concealed inside.
Peter Carl Faberge biography