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Monument to Gustav Faberge

Gustav Fabergé was a Baltic German jeweller and father of Peter Carl Fabergé, maker of Fabergéeggs. He establishedhisown business in Saint Petersburg.

Gustav Fabergé was born in the city of Pernau (now Pärnu) in Livonia (present-day Estonia). In 1842, he opened the jewellery firm House of Fabergé in St Petersburg .

In 1860, Gustav Fabergé retired and, together with hiswife and son, moved to Dresden.

In 1864, Peter Carl Fabergé embarked upon a Grand Tour of Europe. He receivedtuition from respectedgoldsmiths in Germany, France and England, attended a courseatSchloss’s Commercial College in Paris, and viewed the objects in the galleries of Europe’sleadingmuseums. He returned to St Petersburg and married Augusta Julia Jacobs. For the following ten years, hisfather'strustedwork master Peter HiskiasPendinacted as his mentor and tutor. Upon Pendin'sdeath in 1882, Peter Carl tookover the business.

Carl and Agathon Fabergé Sr. were a sensation at the Pan-Russian Exhibition held in Moscow in 1882. Carl was awarded a gold medal and the St. Stanisias Medal. One of the Fabergé pieces displayed was a replica of a 4th-century BC gold bangle from the Scythian Treasure in the Hermitage. The Tsar, Alexander III, "Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russians", declared that he could not distinguish the Fabergé's work from the original and ordered that objects by the House of Fabergé should be displayed in the Hermitage as examples of superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship. The House of Fabergé with its range of jewels was now within the focus of Russia's Imperial Court.

When Peter Carl took over the House, there was a move from producing jewellery in the then-fashionable French 18th century style to becoming artist-jewellers. Fabergé's production of the very first so-called Fabergé egg, the Hen Egg, given as a gift from the Tsar to his wife Maria Fyodorovna on Orthodox Easter (24 March) of 1885 so delighted her that on 1 May the Emperor assigned Fabergé the title Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown of that year.

Where can the famous eggs be? Read please tomorrow's post.

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A bronze monument was erected in memory of Gustav Fabergé in Pärnu; the monument is a gift to Pärnu from Alexander Tenzo, a jeweller with Estonian roots.

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