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New York : Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1980
NK7198 .F18 A4 1980 Oversize
The egg, perfect in form and carrying within it a new life, has been a universal symbol of rebirth for thousands of years. In Imperial Russia, where the Orthodox Christian Easter celebrating the Resurrection of Christ was the most important holiday of the year, gaily decorated eggs were exchanged with the glad tidings, "Christ is Risen!" It remained for Romanov Czars to raise this charming custom to the level of imperial luxury. And Peter Carl Fabergé, jeweler extraordinary, was the guiding genius responsible for these ultimate Easter Eggs, aptly described by Rita Reif, antiques editor of the New York Times, as "glittering baubles made for a Czar." As "eggs" they are perhaps the most extravagant expression of a centuries-old tradition; as objects they mark one of the crowning achievements of the art of the goldsmith and the jeweler.
Quoted from dustjacket.