Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents for the Tsarinas Maria and Alexandra Feodorovna. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court.
Toby Faber wrotea Fabergé’s Eggs: One Man’s Masterpieces and the End of an Empire, described by P.D. James as a ‘fascinating story which combines unique decorative art, contemporary culture, history and the murder of the Romanovs with the excitement of a crime novel’.
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