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An Introduction to Faberge

The Faberge Eggs: A History

The Faberge Eggs: Illustrations and Descriptions

Peter Carl Faberge: The Man

The House of Faberge

Explanation of Markings

Authentic Faberge items

Fake Faberge items


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The House of Faberge

  
The House of Faberge

Ironically, Peter Carl Faberge did not actually create any of the famous eggs that bear his name.  The House of Faberge was staffed with some of the finest goldsmiths and jewellers available.

Faberge was divided into several small workshops, each with its own specialty.  In addition to the fabulous Easter eggs, the House of Faberge also produced table silver, jewelry, European-style trinkets, and Russian-style carvings.

Explanation of Markings

Markings on the eggs and other items that Faberge made included the stamp of the supervising goldsmith.  The two master jewellers most responsible for the Faberge eggs were Michael Evlampievich Perchin and Henrik Wigström.

Born in 1860, Michael Perchin became the leading workmaster in the House of Faberge in 1886 and supervised production of the eggs until 1903. Those eggs he was responsible for have the MP markings.  Note: the "P" is the Russian "P", which looks like two vertical lines joined together at the top, like the letter pi.

All signed Faberge eggs made after 1903 bear the HW mark of Henrik Wigstrom.  Not all eggs were signed or stamped, other goldsmiths may have supervised the production of some of the eggs.

Faberge table boxThe image left and below (on other Faberge pieces, not on a egg) bears the mark of workmaster Anders Nevalainen AN.

Russian assay marks are also present.  These show the purity of the precious metal.  Metal purity was measured in zolotniks.  About 4 zolotniks equals one karat, so 14 karat gold= 56 zolotniks and 18 karat gold= 72 zolotinks.  Sterling silver (.925 fine) would be 91 zolotniks.  There would also be a stamp of the city or region of origin.

For St. Petersburg, the symbol was crossed anchors and for Moscow, St. George and the Dragon.  In 1896, Czar Nicholas II 's reign saw a shift from localized marks to a national provenance mark, a woman wearing a kokoshnik.

 

The House of Faberge