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Fabergé Family Friends
One of the things that is most interesting about the Fabergé family is its history and the strong connection it has with the history of Russia through ties to the Romanov family. The connections of the Romanov family led to other royal families of Europe, and like the limbs of a tree the fame of Fabergé spread. Tracing these familial relationships really traces the international growth of Fabergé.

Since there was no advertising inidustry as we know it in the late 1800's, advertising was done by word of mouth, and so it was that international demand for the goods of Fabergé developed. The strength of that demand led to the House of Fabergé opening a branch in London in 1903, and because of the British Empire's ties around the world and because London was then probably the world's leading capital city, the fame of Fabergé became known in court circles worldwide. To this day one of the main resources for original Fabergé pieces is in London; Wartski's, established in 1865, at 14 Grafton Street, is known world wide for buying and selling the objects d'art of Fabergé.

One of our 'enthusiastic' collectors has been kind enough to share his treasure trove of photographs and personal knowledge of the Romanov family and others associated with the art of Fabergé. The information for each of these photographs was provided by him and, with the exception of a bit of editing, much of it was written by him. Some of the images are personal pictures that came to him through his family. His grandfather was in service to the Tsar and gifts of family photographs were often given as a 'thank you' to those around the Romanov family. One of the photographs came to him from a friend in England whose grandfather was in service to George V. It is a personal photograph taken by a family member. The gentleman can be seen walking with Queen Mary.

Below are some of the historical figures whose names are part of the history of the House of Fabergé.

The Faberge Family

Queen Victoria of England, standing behind her is her eldest son Albert, The Prince of Wales, who would become King three years after this photograph was taken when Victoria died. Albert was crowned as King Edward VII and his Queen was Alexandra, the sister of Marie Fedorovna, Empress of Russia. The sisters were Danish Princesses. Nicholas II was the son of Marie Fedorovna making King Edward VII his uncle. The two monarchies were intertwined through marriage. The infant in the photograph is Grand Duchess Olga in her mother's arms, the Empress Alexandra of Russia and that is Tsar Nicholas standing behind her.

Most interesting about this photograph: Nicholas' children were the great grand-children of Queen Victoria. One could say that Queen Victoria was the 'mother' of the crowned heads of Europe.

Grand Duchesses

At right, the five children of Tsar Nicholas and Empress Alexandra, all tragically murdered at the hands of the Bolsheviks early on in the Revolution.

Grand Duchesses

King George V and Queen Mary of England.

George was the son of King Edward VII who started the Fabergé hardstone collection for his "long suffering" wife, George's mother, Queen Alexandra who loved animals hence the hardstone animal collection. Queen Mary added to it, as has Queen Elizabeth II.

Portrait of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna taken at the time of the coronation 1896 at Uspenski Cathdral, the Kremlin, Moscow. She is wearing some of the famous Romanov Jewel Collection including the Drop Pearl Tiara. The majority of these pieces were sold after the Bolshevik Revolution and they have been lost over the years through repeated sales and resettings. The Imperial State Crown remains in Russia at the Armory Museum in the Kremlin and some pieces of the Collection are now in the possession of Queen Elizabeth II of England. Empress Alexandra
Empress Alexandra Portrait of Empress Alexandra and her daughters, the Grand Duchesses, 1913, taken for the Romanov Tercentenary Celebrations.
Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana in 1913. The girls were in their late teens when this picture was taken. Tragically, they would be dead within five years, savagely assassinated in Ekaterinburg. Duchesses
Queen Alexandra Queen Alexandra of England, consort to King Edward VII, and sister of Tsarina Marie Federovna of Russia.
Tsarevitch Alexei Nicolaevitch, taken at the Alexander Palace, Tsarskoe Selo, on the occasion of the Romanov Tercentenary celebration, 1913. The only son of Tsar Nicholas and Tsarina Alexandra, the boy suffered from hemophelia which came to him from his mother and her grandmother, Queen Victoria of England. The disease was pivotal to the demise of the Romanov dynasty. Tsarevitch Alexei

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It is interesting to note how Russia and Great Britain were so tied to each other through dynastic marriages. Both sisters, the Queen and the Empress, were great collectors of Fabergé -- the Empress of Imperial Eggs, and the Queen of hardstone figures.

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