Blog Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition

Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition

Posted March 22, 2018, 12:16 p.m. by T

Advertisement
KFAI - Undead

Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition

An Empire's Legacy

Margaret Kelly Trombly

Thames & Hudson Publishing

 

You dabble in arts but decorative art of the Russian kind is not on your radar?

That should change and an appropriate introduction is this encompassing tome, which revolves around an exposition at the Walters Art Museum and the 100th commemoration of the Russian Revolution.

Covering a period of eight hundred years until the early twentieth century, i.e. 1917, this beautifully designed book, which was compiled by the guest curator of the Walters Art Museum Margaret Kelly Trombly, zeros in on the intricacy and details of the exquisite decorative art Russia has become renowned for.

Running the gamut from pendants and jewellery via caskets, goblets, all kinds of useful and not so useful devices via fine China to the most amazing bejeweled opulent vessels, i.e. Fabergé eggs, with a focus on the complexity of the tiny surprises they harbour.

What was created in the five decades preceding 1917 to honour the grandeur of the Russian dynasty proved to be timeless and is still unrivalled to this day and makes most current fine artists look like grobmotoriker.

The range of materials used and the unique and often innovative ways they were put together to create something much bigger than the sum of the individual components would suggest is one-of-a-kind, with the composition and assembling having required the expertise and skills of a range of different craftsmen.

A hundred years own, they do not lack any of their allure – au contraire: It proves to be difficult to find something depicted that is not still relevant and up to par with any contemporary art.

Leave a comment
Share this content

Other recent blogs

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery

Posted by T
May 3, 2021, 8:52 p.m.

Water of Life – Launceston Distillery   Our coverage of the Tasmanian whiskey landscape have mainly been focussed on Hobart and its surroundings, which could be perceived as one of ... read more

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Pla

Posted by T
May 2, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

High Adventures in the Great Outdoors – Lonely Planet   It has been almost fifty years since Lonely Planet was incepted, following Maureen and Tony Wheeler’s trip across Europe, Asia ... read more

We Have Always Been Minimalist book review

Posted by T
May 1, 2021, 8:06 p.m.

We Have Always Been Minimalist The Construction and Triumph of a Musical Style Christophe Levaux   Minimalism has always intrigued me – specifically in the realm of music. Having emerged ... read more

Water of Life – Martini

Posted by T
April 29, 2021, 6:11 p.m.

Water of Life Martini (Applewood Coral Gin and Regal Rogue) There are a myriad of cocktails but only few reliable ones that I’d confidently order in the more remote corners ... read more

Search/Play/Repeat - April 2021

Posted by Loren
April 28, 2021, 9:10 p.m.

Welcome to Search/Play/Repeat, a playlist blog here at SPB. Aaron normally posts these, but he’s working on some other fun stuff so I figured I’d take a stab at it. ... read more

Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.