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May 23, 2016

Mid-Morning Open Thread: One Of These Is A Forgery [CBD]

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Tsarevich Egg
House of Fabergé 1912

alexthechick made the point in a comment that while digital representations are wonderful, and allow us to see much more than would be possible in person, the impact can be diminished because it is difficult to appreciate scale, which is, of course, a significant part of art. But as AtC points out.....

It works on the converse too. Looking at, say, a Fabergé egg and seeing how small it is and how intricately worked is stunning

Fabergé is most famous for its eggs, but their other work was magnificent too. For some strange reason the quality declined after the company was nationalized in 1918. Who knew?



Raspigliosi Cup.jpg

The Rospigliosi Cup, once known as The Cellini Cup, was removed from exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art because it was found to be a magnificent fake. I remember seeing it as a kid, and then searching in vain for it on each subsequent visit. Fake or real....it's gorgeous.

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Imperial Cornflowers
House of Fabergé ca. 1900-5

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