This book is a result of many years
of research, collecting documents and illustrations from a large group of people. There
are some authors among them who died as early as in the beginning of 20th century.
Several specialists lived and worked at the same time as Karl Faberge, but mostly all
the authors (several dozen of them) are our contemporaries. They used the main ideas
of the prominent jeweler Karl Faberge and developed them at the end of the 20th
beginning of the 21st centuries. Their texts altogether form the biggest part of the book.
Small size art pieces of stone-cutting
actually were not researched well by contemporary specialists. We decided to give
to Russian stone carvers the chance to tell about their achievements and
their work themselves. As a result we got some really interesting and important materials. They
were written in very different styles and reflect the way of thinking of every
participant of the project. We tried to not edit these texts, so as to allow readers
to "hear" the personal "voices" of the authors. Indeed, this book could be considered as a
collective monograph, collected of articles on the same theme - Faberge items as
the source of creative work for other generations of artists. The autobiography of
every specialist was illustrated according their own choice. There are near
2500 photographs in the book.
The author-compilers of the book tried
to comment on these illustrations as fully as possible, but the lack of information
is especially clear in the comments to Faberge works. Many of his hardstone figures
are in private collections and the names of the collectors are not known. Some of these
figures in different publications have different descriptions.
This book will be useful not only
to specialists of the Russian jeweler's art but also to art historians and people
who are interested in the art of Faberge in all parts of the World.