Behind the window sad eyes of old man peered at Petrograd engulfed by revolutionary fire. This fire spread on his life's work: a proud four-story building was invaded by noisy commissioners and sailors, whose presence seemed a cruel joke after regular customers. Workshop owner Carl Gustavovich Fabergé, apparently, noticed in this chaos approaching decay of his career. However, he could have a secret gleam of hope for another life of his heritage. If only he knew that it would come true, maestro would hardly have lost his spiritual strength...
This name evokes a particular resonance in the auction rooms. There was time
when Fabergé works of art left their homeland for a song, but now they cause
struggle between the most enthusiastic collectors and businessmen who are
fighting both for unique masterpiece and for a guaranteed status rise. But at
the same time such a huge and well-fed demand was a root-cause for fakes stored
in the homes of those claiming to belong to the highest echelons of society.
It is not surprising that many of the art lovers with
deep pockets hold the most varnish part of maestro heritage – Fabergé Easter eggs,
which at closer look turn out to be just a rough replica. Most of iconic eggs,
in an amount of 52, are Easter gift for Romanov Empresses, and 7 eggs were created
for Varvara Kelkh – a wife of wealthy gold industry entrepreneur, and another
10 virtuoso works got into private collections owners of which are still
The first Easter egg from Fabergé was commissioned by
Emperor Alexander III for his spouse Maria Feodorovna in 1885. Compared to
subsequent eggs that one was fairly simple: white enamel shell opened up to reveal
a golden yolk, inside the yolk was hidden ruby-eyed hen crafted of the same
precious metal. Inside the hen, under the principle of Russian nesting doll, was
concealed another surprise – a miniature crown. Fabergé played a winning game: he
based his creation on a souvenir kept for long years in Denmark native for the
Empress. Maria Feodorovna was so delighted with Easter gift that she and then
her daughter-in-law, spouse of Nicholas II Alexandra Feodorovna, were given one
every year until the revolution.
Designing precious eggs jewellers relied on three
postulates: uniqueness, hidden surprise and reflection of events crucial for
the country or its sovereign. The best Fabergé highly skilled craftsmen pored
over this task: Michael Perchin, Francois Bierbaum, Henrik Wigstrom. In the
process of products creation goldsmiths implemented elaborated design solutions,
breathed life into hidden surprise toys, recovered ancient techniques such as
guilloche enamel and bold play on a colour palette.
It is assumed that the most enthusiastic collector of
Fabergé eggs (and other maestro’s creations) among individuals is a Russian tycoon
Viktor Vekselberg who in 2004 bought a collection of Malcolm Forbes. This
transaction caused a lot of disturbances among others wishing to acquire Fabergé
masterpieces. The publisher’s descendants initially planned to put the
collection up for auction. However Vekselberg managed to negotiate with the
owners for sale of 15 eggs (11of which belonged to Imperial family) before the
start of general trading. Price is unknown, it said to be from $ 130 to $ 250
As for the current value of Fabergé eggs, over the
last few decades amount overcame 7-zero threshold. For instance, the
above-mentioned Vekselberg bought composition Coronation for about $ 20
million. The price depends on a number of factors ranging from belonging to the
Imperial Easter eggs collection and ending with the state of the object (broken
and even restored eggs are practically unsuitable for sale), and with the
complexity of the work (in-built clockwork is especially appreciated). Also,
the value at the time of product creation is accounted by jewellers in a very
peculiar way. Thus, the Winter Egg in 1913 was estimated at 24 600 Rubles which
by the standards of 1994, when it was put up for auction, amounted to $ 246 thousand.
Nevertheless, Fabergé creation was auctioned off for more than $ 5 million, and
8 years later it was resold at almost twice higher price.
Thus, Imperial gift is not only elite collectible, but
also a great chance to make money. It is enough to maintain the product in good
condition for several years, and purchase expenses will be covered with plenty
to spare by virtue to those willing to possess a masterpiece. We would like to conclude
the article citing Viktor Skrulov, expert of Christie’s auction house: Do you
know why creations of any artist become five times more expensive immediately
after his death? Because the master is unique! That is why existing companies
Cartier and Tiffany are not as priced as Fabergé.
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
The music as long as the eternity or, in other words, Continuous music is the genre which causes loud arguments in professional circles. Lubomyr Melnyk, Canadian composer of Ukrainian origination sees in his ‘child’ Continuous music continuation of classic traditions. Which rules his scripts follow will OUTLOOK tell in the following material of the rubrics ‘Look at us!’
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Twelve-string guitar, the twilight of Portuguese nights, candles, and soul-gripping voice… Dramatic incentives of fado song tell about unrequited love. It cannot appear in the crossroads of destinies; however, it enables feelings to embody into the touching sounds of Portuguese romances.
The Japanese are one of those peoples who zealously respect the ancient traditions. They respect old age, being interested in ancestors and often know the family ancestry by heart. With such a worldview, it is not surprising that a unique technique for the restoration of kintsugi appeared exactly there. Read about it in Outlook.
The eccentric elder Katsushika Hokusai was the real star of the Edo period, the creative genius and the brutal debtor of the half of his city. He used at least 30 names, changed 93 houses and created a lot of prints, drawings and paintings. His internationally recognized print The Great Wave off Kanagawa is mesmerizing. But only a few people know that this block printing, as well as many other works, was created by Hokusai with assistance of his daughter - artist Katsushika Ōi, lost in time and overshadowed by her genius father crazy about art.
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
Land-art is not simply the landscape design but also the whole direction in art which in thee 21-st century considered one of the most important when only lazy people do not speak about the ‘green technologies’ and environment. The names of stars of such an activity have sturdily come into the speech of the tutors, critics, and connoisseurs, especially they outline Patrick Dougherti with his unbelievable works.
"Dali in a skirt", "The greatest provoker of the last century", shocking and inspiring confidence in the almost limitless potential of man, Frida Kahlo surprised contemporaries and continues to admire the admirers of her work today. The people of Kiev can now look behind the scenes of the life of the Mexican genius. With the support of the Embassy of Mexico in Ukraine in the National Museum named after Taras Shevchenko an exhibition of photographs devoted to the relations between Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera was opened.
The most recognizable brand in the world and one of the oldest in France, Louis Vuitton is a symbol of luxury, elitism and aristocracy. It all began with high-quality suitcases, then proceeded to various kinds of bags and nowadays the brand produces everything: women's clothes, men's clothes, outfits for children, footwear and accessories. At that, currently Louis Vuitton doesn’t operate only in luxury segment - they have expanded their influence to pret-a-porter.
Yesterday I created a Universe. I took some peas, rice, buckwheat, millet, black and white pepper seeds and cardamom. Grabbed a handful of coffee and aniseeds. Then it all acquired a centre. It kept growing and calming my thoughts. When the last seed landed in the circle, I felt forgotten harmony again, heard birds singing through the noise of cars on the avenue, sensed fragrance of violets that a neighbor of mine was growing on her balcony and a recollection of Funtik from floor 5 and his tail evoked a flush of tenderness towards the shaggy monster.
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
His greatest achievement is the creation of a long-lasting colour nail enamel. However, there are other significant inventions on his account: hair spray, waterproof mascara, liquid foundation cream... What would we do without Charles Revson, the exalted and wayward genius who did not have proper education? It was he who invented all these women's essentials and created the legendary Revlon.
More than fifteen hundred years ago Romans were awe struck when they caught the very first sight of the Sistine Chapel. After that masters of painting were born and dead as well as whole pictural art styles. And contemporaries of you and me gape on the distinguished temple. However, while admiring another line intricacy and allusive painting theme, bear in mind that beneath the plot of glossy surface, as per usual, stand painfully familiar disputes with an impatient client, unpleasant surprises from nature and damaged health of painters-executants.
Dirty cars are like a host for an artist. One may treat such art differently. Someone will wrinkle his nose and disdainfully wrestle his clothes. Others necessarily want to put a finger in such a picture in order to check the fragility of the "canvas" and smear its outlines. However, others will definitely make a selfie. However, nobody can pass by.
In every art there are formats and rules – once in “mainstream” an Artist won’t have to starve. Even more so in totalitarian times when every sphere of people’s life is controlled and affected and selfhood has to be forgotten as such. It is probably in the face of a system natural talents emerge for their work to become immortal. Today Outlook recalls one of them, artist Kateryna Bilokur.