We were thrilled to welcome Toby Faber to talk to us today about Carl Faberge and the Imperial Easter Eggs ‘Before the Revolution’ A really fascinating and interesting talk which shone a light on the history and decline of the Romanov Empire.
Between1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. They have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. The story of how they were made reflects on that of Russia at the time: a quirkily illustrated history of the decline of the Romanovs.
Toby was a banker and management consultant before spending four years as managing director of the company founded by his grandfather, Faber and Faber. He remains on its Board and is Chairman of its sister company, Faber Music, an Arts Society lecturer, and a director of Liverpool University Press.
Toby has written three works of narrative non-fiction – Stradivarius (2004), described in The New York Times as ‘more earthy, enthralling and illuminating than any fiction could be’, Faberge’s Eggs (2008) and Faber & Faber: The Untold Story (2019) – and one novel, Close to the Edge (2019). Only one of those books (the obvious one) was published by Faber.