Faberge's Eggs: The Extraordinary Story of the Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire

by Toby Faber Author

(From Amazon): In 1885, Carl Fabergé created a seemingly plain white egg for Czar Alexander III to give to his beloved wife, Marie Fedorovna. It was the surprises hidden inside that made it special: a diamond miniature of the Imperial crown and a ruby pendant. This gift began a tradition that would last for more than three decades: lavishly extravagant eggs commemorating public events that, in retrospect, seem little more than staging posts on the march to revolution. Above all, the eggs illustrate the attitudes that would ultimately lead to the downfall of the Romanovs: their apparent indifference to the poverty that choked their country, their preference for style over substance, and, during the reign of Nicholas II, their all-consuming concern with the health of the czarevitch Alexis, the sickly heir to the throne–a preoccupation that would propel them toward Rasputin and the doom of the dynasty. More than a superb new account of a classic tragedy, Fabergé’s Eggs illuminates some fascinating aspects of twentieth-century history. -- This living narrative follows the eggs through modern history, as well, tracing what happened to them during the days of Lenin, Stalin, and the break up of the USSR. A fascinating read that brings the Russian Revolution and subsequent events to life from a different angle.

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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
9th - 12th
Geographical Setting
Historical Setting
1885 - 2007
Random House


  • 1 Christ Is Risen
  • 2 As Precious as an Egg on Christ's Own Day
  • 3 A Continuation of the Long Funeral Ceremonies
  • 4 Utterly Different in Character, Habits, and Outlook
  • 5 The Warm and Brilliant Shop of Carl Faberge
  • 6 The Ancestor Who Appeals to Me Least of All
  • 7 We Shall Have to Show Dirty Diapers
  • 8 A Good, Religious, Simple-Minded Russian
  • 9 The Little One Will Not Die
  • 10 An Unparalleled Genius
  • 11 Faberge Has Just Brought Your Delightful Egg
  • 12 Everything Seems Sad
  • 13 Guard It Well. It Is the Last.
  • 14 This Is Life No More
  • 15 You Will Have All of It When I Am Gone
  • 16 Determining Their Fate Irrevocably in a Few Moments
  • 17 Pick Out Gold, Silver, and Platinum from the Articles of Minimal Museum Value
  • 18 I Know That May Was Passionately Fond of Fine Jewelry
  • 19 Department Stores - Try the Department Stores
  • 20 Old Civilisations Put to the Sword
  • 21 Turn-of-the-Century Trinkets
  • 22 When You Viewed His Faberge Collection, You Were Doing Him a Favor
  • 23 He Who Dies with the Most Toys Wins
  • 24 Handle It and Then Question It; That Thing Is as Right as Rain
  • 25 You Can Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

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