A Gentleman and a Rogue

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Art: Faberge Eggs #faberge



Peter Carl Faberge put “Faberge” on the map as a premier goldsmith and jeweler when his talents were commissioned by Czar Alexander III. The Czar wanted to give his wife, Maria, a beautiful jeweled egg for Easter. Faberge put his heart and soul into making the “Hen” egg. When Alexander presented Maria with the elaborate jewel, Maria was so impressed, she commissioned Faberge to make a yearly jeweled egg for the Easter season.  This tradition continued with Nicholas II when Alexander III died.
The talented Peter Carl Faberge was born in 1846 and learned his craft from his equally skilled father. Peter Faberge didn’t just make eggs for the Romanovs though. He also produced similar eggs between 1885-1904 for the Duchess of Marlborough, the Rothschilds, the Yusupovs, and for Russian industrialist, Alexander Kelch. 
Faberge made over 50 eggs for the Russian royal family but only 43 remain. In 1904 and 1905 Faberge did not make eggs for the family and these dates coincide with the Russo-Japanese war.

When the Russian Civil War occurred in 1917, Faberge fled Russia. His heirs lost the rights to the Faberge trademark when he died in Sept. 1920 in Switzerland. 
Interesting Fact: Peter Carl Faberge never traveled with luggage and bought what he needed when he arrived at his destination. 
**Faberge never made Christmas eggs for the Romanovs, only Easter eggs.


Question for you: If you owned a Faberge where would you display it?

BLURB:
Elise Goodwin finds herself faced with danger when she learns the Faberge egg she's bought belongs to a Russian mogul, Dimitri Romanov, but is Dimitri playing a game with Elise's heart to get his heirloom back?



Elise Goodwin runs a heritage museum in Brattleboro, Vermont. She travels to Boston to buy some items for her museum at Sotheby's auction. What she acquires is a delicious surprise that would excite any curator – a Faberge egg.

Enter Russian businessman Dimitri Romanov. He goes to the auction with the intent of buying the egg only to discover that Elise is in possession of it. His dilemma? He's attracted to the petite brunette with doe-like eyes and a trusting disposition.

Complicating matters is Dimitri's rival, Gustav Kelch, who wants the precious jeweled object for his own collection. Can Dimitri protect Elise from Kelch?


ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:

She bit her lower lip. If she didn't take a chance now, would her life be filled with what- ifs and regrets? Yes, John had hurt her, but she was still alive. Dare she believe in romance again?
Dimitri paused next to her room, beside the door.
"If you have the time..." she began, knowing it was now or never. "And if you don't have to go back to Russia right away, I'd be honored to have you share Christmas with my family."
"I'd be happy to." His gaze was as soft as a caress. He reached out and tucked a stray tendril of hair behind her ear. Then slowly, he curved his hand around the nape of her neck and moved closer so there was no space between them.
Their lips skirted each other's, teasing, tempting... until Dimitri's mouth finally captured hers in a drugging kiss.
His lips were firm and persuasive. He smelled of soap and sandalwood. Something intense flared within her, and she fisted her hands around the lapels of his coat. Her body betrayed her desire. His erection pressed against her thigh.
All of a sudden, an all-crushing fear consumed her. He was hard for her. It was too soon, too fast. She broke the kiss and pushed him away.
"Elise--" Dimitri began.
"Umph!"

Elise's heart jumped. She swung around and looked at the door.

It stood ajar.

"Lucy!" Elise forgot all about Dimitri's kiss and rushed inside with him right behind her.
Concern spiked within her the second she saw Lucy.
REVIEWS:
5 Hearts, Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
As the love story thicken, the suspense heightens and it won't let your eyes leave the page. I recommend The Faberge Secret to all of the romance readers. Even if you have never read romance, The Faberge Secret would be a great place to start.

4 Stars, Manic Readers
"A satisifying read."

4 Stars, Night Owl Book Reviews
The Faberge Secret is a fast paced, delightful adventure with plenty of love and adventure sprinkled in for spice.
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3 comments:

  1. I once saw an exhibit of the eggs and they are fascinating. I like the tidbit you shared about how he traveled.

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  2. What a beautiful egg. My mom had an egg that was designed like a Faberge egg but it opened and had a scene inside. I would put it on my keeper shelf.

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  3. I attended a large exhibition of Faberge eggs at the San Diego Museum of Art. It was a joint exhibition with the Armory Museum at the Kremlin in Moscow. It was the largest exhibition of eggs in one place at one time since the overthrow of the Czar. It included eggs in private collections as well as those in museums. It was incredible.

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