The Easel

13th October 2020

How Peter Carl Fabergé continues to inspire the Fabergé brand even 100 years after his death

When Peter Fabergé took over the family business in 1882, he raised its artistry and craftsmanship to astonishing levels. His Imperial Eggs reflect the elegance of St. Petersburg’s Belle Époque society and almost flaunt their mastery of guilloché, a fiendishly difficult enamelling technique. Just as spectacularly, they demonstrate Fabergé’s own inventiveness and exquisite taste. Little wonder he enjoyed that most precious thing – the Tsar’s carte blanche.

The art of the kimono

For something quintessentially Japanese, the kimono has a surprisingly eclectic history. Indian cotton was the sought-after kimono fabric in the early 17th century. Later came French brocade. When Japan fully opened to trade in 1853, a fascination with Western tastes saw male demand for the garment collapse. Still, the kimono remains distinctive. Rather than accentuating body curves, it is “all surface”, perfect for flaunting expensive fabric and designs.