Fine arts

The Genius of Carl Faberge
A fascinating documentary exploring the extraordinary life and work of the virtuoso jeweller Karl Faberge, whose intricate trinkets made for the last tsars of Russia became some of the most sought-after treasures in the world. With Faberge eggs a byword for ultimate luxury, Stephen Smith investigates why Carl Faberge’s work captured the imagination of royal dynasties and the world’s richest celebrities in the 19th and 20th centuries. And he speaks to today’s Russian oligarchs who are now buying back these treasures. Following in Faberge’s footsteps, from the legendary Green Vaults in Dresden to the palaces of the tsars and the corridors of the Kremlin museum, Smith discovers how this genius transformed his father’s modest business into the world’s most famous supplier of luxury items.

Duration : 52 mins

Producer : BBC

Production year : 2013

Production country : Royaume-Uni

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