March 22, 2002 - Faberge Egg

From the history books to Hollywood, few works of art have been as coveted as the Faberge Egg. A third generation of the Faberge family is continuing the tradition, and you can see him and his work this weekend at Lee Michaels Jewelry in Baton Rouge.

Since 1885, when Carl Faberge was jeweler to the czars, the Faberge Egg has been a sought after prize. Today Carl's grandson, Theo Faberge, carries on the family tradition -- reluctantly. He had to be talked into it by a public, which wanted and needed new Faberge art. Theo modestly explains, "Well, who could live up to it? If you were Beethoven's son, would you go and write another piano concerto? You wouldn't be up to it, would you? I didn't think I would be up to it, but people wanted them. I'm still doing them. People still want the damn things!"

One reason is the Faberge tradition of a surprise inside the egg -- as in one marking the 300th birthday of the piano. Importer Philip Berkenstein explains, "To celebrate the occasion, Theo has designed this Piano Egg. The surprise inside is a grand piano playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto #1."

Theo Faberge's eggs are issued in signed and numbered limited editions. They range in price from a couple thousand dollars to -- well, they were originally made for the czar. If you don't have a royal wallet, Theo will happily sign a coffee table book of Faberge Eggs. He will be at Lee Michaels in the Mall of Louisiana Saturday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the evening.