Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lifestyles of the Rich and Eccentric: Faberge Customers

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Lifestyles of the Rich and Eccentric: Faberge Customers

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The director of Faberge's London gallery once said, "I found myself amidst a whirl of kings and queens, millionaires and maharajahs. Faberge objects were then passing through my fingers as fast as shoals of glistening herrings pass through the sea."

A list of clients reads like a social register of continental royalty. Besides the prime patrons (Russian and British royals), monarchs of Norway, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Romania, and Serbia bought from Faberge. Not to mention the Aga Khan, King of Siam, and numerous Rothschilds. From the United States, families such as the Vanderbilts, Astors, and J.P. Morgans scooped up the trinkets. Guests to English country houses arrived with valises full of Faberge objects to bestow as gifts. Dinner guests at chichi parties found tiny Faberge knickknacks wrapped in their napkins.

One Faberge collector, the Marquis of Anglesey, had a passionate yen for jeweled objects. He was known for sporting a shirt of his own design studded with emeralds set in platinum. …

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