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Books and Films about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia => Topic started by: Sarai on October 06, 2008, 07:57:36 AM

Title: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Sarai on October 06, 2008, 07:57:36 AM
Looks like a new book:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122325809048506707.html?mod=googlenews_wsj (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122325809048506707.html?mod=googlenews_wsj)
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Robert_Hall on October 06, 2008, 12:58:23 PM
I bought it in Londoan last winter or spring.  It is pretty good. More a history of the family and business rather than just another picture book of the eggs and such.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Alejandro Spain on February 05, 2010, 04:29:34 PM
What are the best and the awful books about Faberge? I would like to purchase some book about Faberge, but there are a lot of books about Faberge and I don't know what are the best ;)

Regards and thanks!
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Ena on February 05, 2010, 04:47:14 PM
This is something that's sort of vexing me too.  There are so many books out there.  Are you looking for more of a coffee table book, a history of Faberge, or both? Any kind of information would be helpful for others to assist you.  :-)
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 05, 2010, 05:14:09 PM
I have about 20 books on Faberge.  Anything by von Habsburg, Snowman  or Bainbridge  are  good- they are the best experts.  I know of no "worst" books. As Ena  asked, depends on what you want- a  coffee table picture book or a definitive bio and catalogue of the works.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Margot on February 06, 2010, 12:17:31 AM
Robert is so right! With reference to cigarette cases, John Traina's book is just wonderful! I have a good drool over that one quite often and the author's collection which is lavishly illustrated is (or perhaps now is should be 'was') second to none in my humble and envious opinion!
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Alejandro Spain on February 06, 2010, 05:10:07 AM
Hello! Thanks for your replies! ;)

I'm looking for a illustrated book with good information about the history of Faberge, a coffee book  :) I had thought in "Fabergé: Lost and Found" and "Fabergé: Imperial Jeweller". What do you think? I don't want only a book about Fabergé eggs, I would like a book with more than Fabergé eggs :)

Regards and thanks!
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: rgt9w on February 06, 2010, 06:15:06 AM
I agree with the above posts, there are many good books about Faberge. For a diverse collection of objects by Faberge you may try, "Faberge in the Royal Collection" by Caroline de Guitaut or "Faberge In America" / "Faberge: Imperial Craftsman and His World" both by Geza von Habsburg.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: aleksandr pavlovich on February 06, 2010, 06:57:39 AM
Just one caveat:  While Kenneth Snowman is an invaluable expert in Faberge, his first edition of his seminal work, "The Art of Carl Faberge," (a beautiful and VERY collectible book of the early 1950's with a preface by Eugene Faberge) does contain errors in the catalogue of eggs, resulting in wrong year/s, wrong recipient/s, etc.  Of course, he was going by the best information available AT THAT TIME.  Please see reference to this in pp. 199 - 200, of Toby Faber's, "Faberge's Eggs," 2008, Random House Publishers, ISBN 978-1-4000-6550-9.    AP
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 06, 2010, 11:03:45 AM
Alejandro S.  From what you say, I would recommend Faberge, Court Jeweler to the Tsars by von Habsburg & Solodkoff [Rizzoli, 1984] It has both qualities you are looking for. Unfortunately, it can be costly. But that is a subjective matter.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Miek on February 17, 2010, 03:44:50 PM
There are many, many books indeed. Here is a list: http://fly.hiwaay.net/~christel/bibliography.htm  (http://fly.hiwaay.net/~christel/bibliography.htm)
I would recommend von Habsburg, Géza and Marina Lopato. Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler, 1993.

Miek
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 17, 2010, 04:59:50 PM
"Lost & Found" is a good book, but I do not think, from what you are looking for, it is quite right. It is mainly a  book of archival  drawings, not the actuual items he manufactured. There are plenty of books on the eggs,   some of which, though impressive pictures, have wrong information.
 I would second Miek, von Habsburg is  a good  start.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Joyann1 on February 18, 2010, 02:06:47 PM
what is the best book about the eggs that Nicholas and Alexander gave to their wives?
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Miek on February 18, 2010, 02:17:15 PM
Best books on Fabergé Eggs are:
Fabergé, Tatiana, Proler, Lynette G. and Valentin V. Skurlov. The Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, 1997 and
Lowes, Will, and Christel Ludewig McCanless. Fabergé Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia, 2001.

If you want to know all the ins and outs, go for the Lowes and McCanless Encyclopedia.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Robert_Hall on February 18, 2010, 02:29:56 PM
I will second Mieks  suggestions, especialy the Tatianna Faberge published by Christies [1997]. Most books on the eggs are just  picture books, but that has a comprehensive accounting of them as well. Also some are on  ALL the eggs produced  by  Farberge, many of were not  Imperial, but for other wealthy clients.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Joyann1 on February 18, 2010, 05:54:40 PM
Thanks for the information!
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: rosieposie on February 23, 2010, 09:44:45 PM
I found a book on Faberage in my local library it looks a few years old and it is crisp like no-one has read it.   Anywho there was a beautiful chapter on the Imperial eggs which are simply beautiful.   I loved seeing one egg that had a portrait of Olga and Tatiana as nurses (egg I think has the red-cross symbol) and inside was a religious icon.  Simply breath taking the icon was.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Joyann1 on February 23, 2010, 11:52:25 PM
I know where your coming from. I went to the library the other day just to see if there were any Romanov related books, ( normally i never set a foot in there ) there were 4 books on the rack: Tsar , LPT, a faberge book and a book about some russian palaces. they looked brand new!

That's one of my favorite Faberge eggs! i love the 5 unfolding portraits.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Sarushka on February 24, 2010, 07:50:59 AM
And the book was called...?
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: rosieposie on February 24, 2010, 01:53:10 PM
And the book was called...?

I didn't look at the title,  I think it was just titled Faberage.  But I'm going back there today so I'll get the author's name.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: rosieposie on February 24, 2010, 07:09:36 PM
The book was titled The art of Faberge - by John Booth   The other book I saw was titled "Faberge" by Alexander Von Solodkoff.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: Alejandro Spain on April 10, 2010, 12:50:49 PM
Hello! Is "Faberge: The Imperial Craftsman and His World" and "Faberge, imperial jeweller" the same book? Both by Geza von Habsburg.

Regards and thanks in advance!
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: rgt9w on April 10, 2010, 02:03:35 PM
Hi Alejandro,

No, they are two different books. The "Imperial Craftsman and his World" book is from the 2000 International Faberge Exhibition. The other book is a earlier work by Geza von Habsburg.
Title: Re: Books on Faberge - What are you looking for?
Post by: primrose on April 10, 2010, 06:05:38 PM
Robert is so right! With reference to cigarette cases, John Traina's book is just wonderful! I have a good drool over that one quite often and the author's collection which is lavishly illustrated is (or perhaps now is should be 'was') second to none in my humble and envious opinion!

I also have this book in my collection and and think it is one of the best. I love the focus on one particular article rather than a collection of objets d'art. It is amazing to see the variety in styles and materials used... I wouldn't have thought there could be so many small rectangular boxes--each with its own character--of such great beauty.

The book has an introduction as well as commentaries on the cases by Géza von Hapsburg. If anyone is interested in buying it I saw it at a highly reduced price on Gilbert's Royal Bookshop earlier this week.