The Peabody Essex Museum was showing a large collection of Faberge materials from a museum in Virginia. The workmanship was fabulous, even though I was disappointed that there weren't actually more "eggs." The lighting was also rather dim, and full of reflections... so apologies for the quality of some of the pictures. I was grateful photographs were allowed, so don't get me wrong... but I never thought of bringing a tripod.
At Easter, the Tsar would give a kiss and an egg to his family/friends/supporters. I'm sure they were sized according to the recipient's influence.
There was a very
annoying, determined woman standing in front of the information card
on this piece (even though she was listening to the audio tour) so I'm
not positive what story this box illustrates. It seems as though it
could be Norse/Slavic legend.
There were several extravagant serving "bowls". The one below was especially for serving caviar. I don't think the fish-guts reminder would make it any more appetizing, personally.
Da bear on da prow of da bowl!
A tankard with a cover (beautifully enameled and bejeweled and a silver A tankard with a cover (beautifully enameled and bejeweled) and a silver repousse rabbit pitcher. I added an arrow where his head lifts off! rabbit pitcher. I added an arrow where his head lifts off!
I think this was an oil lamp or incense diffuser. Not sure. But the portrait of "the man of the house" is quite impressive. Perhaps I should paint my hubby on our next pair of candlesticks... ya think?
The globe and stand below is only about 2 1/2 INCHES tall. Petite and amazing. The continents are etched into the surface. I wish I could have captured them more clearly.
This vase was alternately enameled, jeweled and overlaid with various metals. I cannot imagine putting flowers in it, because it is so beautiful on its own.