Thursday, February 4, 2016

Precious Flowers

      Today I want to tell you about the famous citizen of St. Petersburg. 
His name was Carl Faberge, he was the great expert in minerals, a recognized authority in this area, he also was the appraiser of gems at the Imperial court in Russia. Most often Easter eggs are associated with the name of Faberge, but the other side there was the manufacture of precious flowers in tiny vases which brought international fame to Faberge's production. Gravers skillfully treated pieces of rock crystal, creating the impression that the vase is filled with water.
All Faberge's precious flowers perfectly combine the artist’s imagination, the skill of a virtuoso enameler, painstaking work of a jeweler and stone-cutters, using amazing beauty of the gems of Siberia, the Urals and the Caucasus.




'Sculpture vase with flowers',  'Rose rugosa',  
'Snowdrop' and 'Snowdrops in a vase'
Gold, rock crystal, casting, carving, engraving, polishing. 1880

Rock crystal and chalcedony, carnelian and agate, aquamarine and opal, jasper, obsidian, jade, rhodonite stones and other were selected by artists with great taste. In addition, they could change the natural color of the mineral to give them the right shades and tones.

'Vase with flowers' and 'Blue bells'

                                                
      'Flower Lily', 'Daffodil', 'Dandelion'

 
Unique 'Flower Lily’, 1900, made of gold, jade, rock crystal, pearls. Among the owners of this fine work were the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, and the wife of Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra.
Fine flower ‘Dandelion’ is a symbol of impermanence of life, made from gold, rock crystal, diamond, casting, carving, engraving, polishing, enamel. 1880

Here is a house in Great Morskaya Street, St. Petersburg where Peter Carl Faberge and his family lived and the jewelry store and workshops were located.

The portrait of Peter Carl Faberge
May 30, 1846, Saint Petersburg - September 24, 1920, Lausanne, Switzerland 




  'Lily of valley in a basket', 'Forget-me-not', 'Lily of valley'. 
Gold, pearls, lapis lazuli, rock crystal, casting, carving, engraving, polishing. 1880



According to the property inventory of the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna's  palace, 33 flowers were in her collection: cornflowers, forget-me-not, cacti and a dandelion made of gold and diamonds on a gold stalk with jade leaves in a vase of rock crystal.
That's the story of Carl Faberge, one of the most famous Saint Petersburg citizen. I hope you loved his beautiful flowers of gems.  
Have you before known about Carl Faberge? 
Have you seen any things of his production somewhere?

P.S. Click on photo to enlarge it.


More about Faberge here



Friday, January 22, 2016

Flowers for Birthday

 

Despite of a cold season one can always purchase any flower in January but I love spring one especially in my birthday. They tell me that spring will soon come to my garden.  Here is a gift received in this morning, I love hyacinth!
My own hyacinths are forced and their stalks are growing now.




I also had a small gift from my friend - it's packets with Blue anemone tubers. She knew I wanted this color anemone in the garden. Thank you, S.!

 

My family always pleases me cooking dainties at my birthday. Today I've seen my favorite cake with cottage cheese cream, raisins and nuts. There also were choux pastry buns (similar to cream puffs or profiteroles) with whipped cream and of course a cup of fragrant coffee on the table.




Whatever it is, I always invite my loved ones and friends to feast on and, telling the truth, I can not eat a lot of sweets :0)  Well, help yourself!
This weekend we'll go to watch the play 'Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare performed by very young actors and then will have a family party. I hope to have fun, oh!