Faberge In America

Though pre-French Revolutionary jewelry inspired his art and the Russian Revolution destroyed much of his work, it is perhaps the American Revolution which figures most in the story of Peter Carl Faberge. For it was his American admirers who most assiduously glorified the surviving work of Faberge and pushed his already fabled oeuvre into the frenzied hands of collectors everywhere. A new exhibit, "Faberge in America," tells the Yanks' story, while providing fascinating details about a wide variety of Faberge's greatest works of art. The exhibit will make the rounds of U.S. museums during 1996-'97; it op-ened in February at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Yankee dollar: Peter Carl Faberge was already a wildly famous jeweler to the stars of his day - European royalty and the aristocracy - when newly wealthy Americans began to knock at his door around the turn of the twentie

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