1922 (London, England)
Often Known For
objets d'art-ornamental eggs
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Theo Faberge (London, 26 September 1922 - 20 August 2007) was the
grandson of Peter Carl Faberge. His father Nicholas Faberge,
Carl’s youngest son, arrived in London in 1906 to help run the only
branch of ‘The House of Faberge’ outside Russia, in Dover Street,
London. After 1917 Nicholas remained in London, and in 1922 his
son, Theo Faberge was born.
From an early age Theo Faberge had a passion for making objects of a
highly crafted standard. A fascination with the natural beauties
of wood led Theo to explore the techniques of ornamental turning, the
art of deep-cut engraving and sculpting woods, ivories and metals using
precision lathes. He restored a Holtzappfel lathe originating
from 1861, and in the 1950s began to design and make elegant objets
d’art from rare wood and ivory, for pleasure and then as commissions.
soon began to receive commissions from notable collectors of Carl
Faberge, and from museums such as the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,
United States. In 1984, Theo was persuaded to produce a
Collection to be sold on the international market incorporating
precious metals, crystal, enamelling, stone-carving, precious gems and
porcelain. The St Petersburg Collection was launched to the
public at Marshall Fields, Chicago in 1985. Theo Faberge’s
daughter, Sarah Faberge, launched her first designs for the St
Petersburg Collection in 1994.
Theo and his daughter Sarah have
worked on a variety of commissions from the White House Egg for the
United States President, to the Brotherhood Egg for Boys’ Town.
At the time of the establishment of St Petersburg Collection HRH, The
Duke of Gloucester admired Theo’s work at The Art of the Master Turner’
exhibition at the Science Museum in London. HRH Princess
Alexandra received Theo’s Presentation Golden Egg. HRH Prince
Andrew, Duke of York, came aboard the vessel Sthtandart in 1999
when it arrived in the Pool of London bearing the oak for Theo’s
Sthtandart eggs. The Duke and Duchess of York commissioned the Hole in
One Egg in aid of a children’s charity.
In 2003, Theo was commissioned by the Royal Air Force to produce their
commemorative piece for the centenary of the Wright Brothers’ first
flight, the first being presented to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Collection is shown in major outlets throughout the world.
Eminent museums such as the State Hermitage Museum, the San Diego Fine
Arts Museum and the St Petersburg City Museum have catalogued Theo
Faberge‘s creations within their collections.
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