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Monument to Gustav Faberge

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

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

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

In 1864, Peter Carl Faberg embarked upon a Grand Tour of Europe. He receivedtuition from respectedgoldsmiths in Germany, France and England, attended a courseatSchloss痴 Commercial College in Paris, and viewed the objects in the galleries of Europe痴leadingmuseums. 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 Faberg 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 Faberg 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 Faberg's work from the original and ordered that objects by the House of Faberg should be displayed in the Hermitage as examples of superb contemporary Russian craftsmanship. The House of Faberg 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. Faberg's production of the very first so-called Faberg 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 Faberg 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 Faberg in P舐nu; the monument is a gift to P舐nu from Alexander Tenzo, a jeweller with Estonian roots.

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