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Modern vs. Antique Fabergé Bar Sets

When you’re looking for a stylish decanter or bar set to class up your home or office, you may be persuaded to stick with the standards. Crystal or stainless steel decanters are safe and timeless, but they won’t give you that one-of-a-kind look that will really impress people..

If you’re looking for such an item, then how about a Fabergé bar set or decanter? Yes, we’re talking about the same Fabergé that has become synonymous with the legendary Fabergé eggs, which are made of precious metals or hard stones and decorated with combinations of enamel and gem stones.

However, there have been other Fabergé objects that have been cherished since Peter Carl Fabergé (a.k.a. Carl Gustavovich in Russia) took over his father’s jewelry company in 1870. They didn’t make just jewelry, however; their collection also included miniature eggs, eggs that contained surprises, picture frames, perfume bottles, and silver and crystal pieces.

And they also made bar set and decanters.  Let’s take a look at the difference between antique Fabergé bar sets and more modern ones.

Antique

Originally, Peter Carl Fabergé was the jeweler and goldsmith to the great Russian Imperial Court. He created exquisite jewels and objects, including the legendary series of lavish and ingenious Imperial Easter Eggs. Eventually, his name became known by royalty, nobility, tycoons, industrialists, and the artistic intelligentsia worldwide. But, he made silverware and smaller pieces for people on any sort of budget.

Since he was simply a designer and never actually constructed any of his designs, the company hired workmasters. A Fabergé workmaster was a craftsman who owned his own workshop and produced jewelry, silver, or objects d’art for the House of Fabergé. This continued until the Russian Revolution in 1917, which not only ended the Romanov dynasty, but also to the House of Fabergé.

Up until 1918, Fabergé designed bar sets and decanters that were made of silver and crystal. Some of the designs featured animals, such as dolphins and rabbits. Unfortunately, most of us probably do not have the means to purchase an original Fabergé bar set or decanter. However, we do have reproductions and knockoffs.

Modern

Since 1918, there have been several companies that have used the iconic Fabergé name. In fact, the Fabergé family lost the right to produce and market designs under their own name in 1951. By 2007, the Fabergé name was reunited with the Fabergé family, and the new company was re-launched.

There are over fifty years of knockoffs and reproductions of Fabergé bar sets and decanters, which can still cost thousands of dollars. Then, there are the products that have been inspired by Fabergé. One such company that sells Fabergé-inspired bar sets is Binny’s, where you can purchase an egg containing a gilded glass decanter for vodka for $1,399.99. There’s also the Imperial Collection Fabergé Vodka Egg Bottle by Ladoga.

Today, the actual company still hires workmasters to create hand-made pieces. They also use the same materials, however, the designs have changed. Instead of a royal feel, the company has updated their designs to feature modern cultural and stylistic references.

Image Sources: IvoryAndArt Gallery, Christie’s, Fabergé Museum, Luxury Launches, ebay

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