Fabergé to open its first New York boutique
May 19, 2012 – With the much-anticipated opening on May 24 of its first New York boutique, located at 694 Madison Avenue, Fabergé, the legendary master jeweller launches a new chapter in its geographic repertoire.
The jewel-like boutique is designed to balance opulence and modernity, in contemporary Fabergé style.
In the spirit of the flagship in Geneva, the Madison Avenue store is decorated in exquisite materials, silk curtains and wall panels, brushed oak flooring, painted wood accents, in a soft, sensual palette of grey and silver, punctuated with a rich purple button-backed wall, subtly evoking Romanov splendour.
The striking facade of the boutique, a champagne coloured lattice, is inspired by the Coronation Egg, one of the legendary Imperial Easter eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé in 1897, in celebration of the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
The new 850 square foot boutique will house Fabergé High and Fine Jewellery, Handmade Timepieces, Cufflinks, and Silver collections.
Designed under the artistic direction of Creative and Managing Director, Katharina Flohr, the collections are testament to the eminence of contemporary Fabergé artistry and jewellery making.
The new designs include exquisitely crafted one of a kind necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings destined to become investment pieces; as well as couture egg pendants that test the boundaries of contemporary craftsmanship.
LES PRÉCIEUSES DE FABERGÉ
To celebrate Fabergé’s historic links with America’s great families – the Vanderbilts, Forbes and Morgans amongst others – the Madison Avenue boutique will launch with an exclusive new collection, Les Précieuses de Fabergé paying tribute to the unrivalled style of America’s Gilded Age society.
Les Précieuses comprises a series of precious single stone cocktail rings and delicate earrings. The creations are each centred on a www.faberge.com
rare and dramatic coloured stone, set in an intricate diamond mount in two colours of gold, subtly interwoven with iconic Fabergé style references.
FABERGÉ GILDED HERITAGE
A century ago, the House of Fabergé, under Peter Carl Fabergé, goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court, attracted the elite of America’s Gilded Age society, collectors and connoisseurs. Henry Walters sailed his yacht up the River Neva in St Petersburg to pay a personal visit to Peter Carl Fabergé. The banker J. P. Morgan was a devoted client.
For the Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt, considered one of the most beautiful and stylish women of her day, Fabergé created a spectacular pink enamelled clock egg, one of the few major egg objects made for clients other than the Romanovs.
In the years after the closure of the House of Fabergé during the Russian Revolution, and through the 20th century, great American women of style and substance, including Marjorie Merriweather Post and Lillian Thomas Pratt, whose collection is now in Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, have been amongst the avid and discerning collectors of Fabergé works of art.
Other great American Fabergé collectors include the Louisiana heiress, Matilda Geddings Gray, India Early Minshall, of Ohio, and more recently the comedian Joan Rivers and most notably, Malcolm Forbes, whose unrivalled collection included nine Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs.
FABERGÉ INTERNATIONAL BOUTIQUES
Fabergé international boutiques can be found in Geneva in the exclusive Rue du Rhone area and in London’s prestigious Mayfair, and at Harrods in Knightsbridge. Additionally, Fabergé collections are available at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong and via the Fabergé online boutique at www.faberge.com which delivers to 29 countries worldwide.