Peter Carl Fabergé also called Karl was a Russian Jeweler famous for the Russian eggs, made with precious metals and gemstones. Today Google doodle celebrates his 166th birthday.
He was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to the jeweler Gustav Fabergé and his Danish wife Charlotte Jungstedt on May 30,1846. In 1860 after the family moved to Dresden, the teenager went on a study tour to Europe and learnt the art of jewelry making from famous goldsmiths in Germany, France and England. At the age of 26 he returned to St. Petersburg in 1964 and took over the management in 1972.
Carl and his brother Agathon was the sensation at the Pan-Russian Exhibition held in Moscow in 1882. Carl was awarded a gold medal and the St. Stanisias Medal. In 1885, Tsar Alexander III gave the House of Fabergé the title, ‘Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown’.
Although the House of Fabergé is famed for its Imperial Easter eggs, it made many more objects ranging from silver tableware to fine jewelry. Fabergé’s company became the largest jewelry business in Russia. In 1896 the company produced all the gifts given during the coronation ceremonies for Nicholas II. In 1900, his work represented Russia at the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris. He became the Tsar’s court Goldsmith in 1910.
Fabergé’s company was the largest in Russia with 500 employees, with many branches in Europe producing some 150,000 objects between 1882 and 1917. October Revolution in 1917 made him fled to Wiesbaden after selling his company to his employees. He died in Switzerland on September 24, 1920. His wife Augusta died in 1925. The two were reunited in 1929 when Eugène Fabergé took his father’s ashes from Lausanne and buried them in his mother’s grave at the Cimetière du Grand Jas in Cannes, France.