Faberge: The Making of a Legend

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Arts, History Documentary hosted by Lexie Kendrick, published by Arte in 2021 - English narration

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For over a century, the name Faberge has evoked the world's most extravagant Easter eggs. Today, the Imperial Eggs, as they came to be called, continue to enjoy an unmatched position in the history of the decorative arts. But the work of Faberge goes well beyond that. Miniature animal sculptures, clocks, cigarette cases, theater binoculars... relying on the rich creativity of his brother Agathon and on a network of talented suppliers, workshop managers and subcontractors, Carl Faberge gave birth to a magical world and revolutionized jewelry. He designed a range of other work of high quality and intricate details, that took the art world by storm, provoking the passion of thousands of collectors across the planet. Faberge broke the codes of traditional jewellery and created an exceptional industry. This film immerses us into the incredible universe the House of Faberge invented. Above the eggs, it retraces the destiny of the Faberge Clan, and explores its entire work. An exceptional human adventure that took place in a declining Russian Empire about to be swept away by the revolution. The path of the Russian Faberge family of jewelers from Saint Petersburg reflects the history of the Russian Empire from the mid-19th century to the fall of the tsarist rule in the course of the revolutionary upheavals of 1917. In 1872, the Russian goldsmith and jeweler Peter Carl Faberge took over his father Gustav's prosperous jewelery shop in Saint Petersburg and made it world-famous. With his outstanding creations, Faberge fulfilled the luxury needs of the elite, who were completely isolated from the starving people. After Alexander III become aware of Faberge in 1882, he turned into court jeweler to the Tsar and later to his son Nicholas II. The Romanovs' passion for his jewelery and decorative objects ensured him unparalleled prosperity and artistic freedom. The trigger was his legendary surprise egg made of enamel, gold and ruby, with which Alexander III delighted his wife Maria Fyodorovna at Easter 1885. Until the revolution, more imperial Easter eggs followed almost every year, ever more valuable and original than the other. But these eggs are only a tiny part of Faberge's oeuvre. In fact, he founded an industry of valuable jewelry objects that immediately aroused the passion of collectors. These exquisitely tasteful, brightly coloured, sometimes stylistically bold pieces of jewelery served the tsar's family as gifts to foreign dignitaries on their travels. Faberge supplied the Queen and other crowned heads of Europe as well as the kings of Siam. For the families of the aristocracy and the rising industrial bourgeoisie in Russia, Faberge's talismans, fetishes and jewels were real objects of desire, with which they could feel like little tsars. Powered by his conviction that the value of a painting is not measured by its price, Faberge elevated the jeweller's craft to an art and the craftsman to the artist. Written and Directed by Jean-Pierre Cottet ; Co-Produced by ARTE France and Martange Production with RSI, RTBF, Sky Network Television, TV5 Monde, CNC and ZED

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L4
Video Bitrate: 3 643 kb/s
Video Resolution: 1920x1080
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AC3
Audio Bitrate: 128 kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 51 min 51 s
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 1.36 GB
Source: HDTV (Thanks to CBFM)
Encoded by: DocFreak08

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