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The Fabergé Case: From the Private Collection of John Traina By John Traina Photographs by: Fred Lyon Foreword by: Mikhail Piotrovsky Introduction by: Archduke Geza von Habsburg Essay by: Danielle Steel 1998, Harry N. Abrams Inc.; 192 pages, $39.95 In 1884, the royal court of Russia appointed Peter Carl Fabergé jeweler to the czars. He reigned as such until the 1917 revolution, after which he fled to Western Europe. In those years, the Fabergé workshops in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Odessa, Kiev, and London produced some 150,000 objects. This output ranged from highly coveted items, such as jewels, figures in stone, and jeweled eggs, to practical knickknacks such as bell pushers (for signaling servants), cufflinks, picture frames, clocks, pens, and cigarette cases. So great was demand that Fabergé’s 22 workmasters and 500 craftsmen could scarcely satisfy it. In the 193
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