Fabergé, legendary master jeweller, extends its craftsmanship and savoir-faire to a striking collection of contemporary silver and enamel tumblers, shot-glasses and candelabra – capturing an essence of Russian joie de vivre.
The collection took some 18 months to craft from initial concept to the final stage of impeccable silver polishing. Each piece celebrates the traditions of Fabergé craftsmanship, in particular the masterful and breath-taking enamelwork that is arguably the most distinctive and emotionally stirring feature of original Fabergé works of art.
Katharina Flohr, Fabergé’s Managing and Creative Director, says: Following the success of our recent High jewellery collections, we wanted to extend Fabergé’s artistry to a collection of bold contemporary objets for the home. Russian Constructivism, a movement that was very much a part of Peter Carl Fabergé’s world in 1917 and that influenced many of his last designs, was an obvious starting point. I wanted to create a collection that reinterprets Fabergé’s heritage in a striking, graphic and modern way. I chose to work on the concept with British goldsmith Simon Benney as his modernist style and technical capabilities perfectly match what I was trying to achieve.
The Constructivist collection comprises of tumblers based on the traditional Russian silver kovsh drinking cup that used to be passed around at gatherings, celebrations and weddings. Each one is a one-of-a-kind design crafted from 250 grams of heavy gauge silver and enamelled in a complex palette of carefully selected colours. Shot-glasses in vibrant jewel colours from exuberant emerald green, purple, ultramarine blue to rust red and smoke grey continue the collection. A candelabra featuring the fluid wrap-around enamelling technique of the tumblers is a masterpiece in its own right. Each piece took some three months of hand-craftsmanship to complete and is a virtuoso display of both goldsmithing and enamelling. This is the first silver collection to be launched by Fabergé since the Russian Revolution.
The graphic, powerful brilliantly coloured enamel design, softened by the dynamic flow of lines around the curves of the beakers and candelabra, is inspired by Russian Constructivist art, one of the many inspirations and influences on contemporary Fabergé collections, drawn from Peter Carl Fabergé’s world in Russia’s great Silver Age of brilliant intellect and artistry. Ideological and industrial, Constructivism first took root in Fabergé’s world, swept along on the wave of technological progress. Linked to other modern movements like the Bauhaus and Cubism, Constructivism introduced a totally new aesthetic, a modernist vision: inspired by the machine, architecture, technology and engineering. Abstract, graphic images in bold, bright colours, were composed of pure geometric forms arranged as in a collage.