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Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

Clover egg – the last work made by the brilliant jeweler in 1903. Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin (1860-1903)

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

The future jeweler of the Faberge firm, Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin, was born in 1860 into a peasant family living in the Olonets province. In 1878-1879, after the death of his father, he left for St. Petersburg, where he entered the apprenticeship of the jeweler Vladimir Finnikov, one of the leading masters of the time. In 1884, Perkhin married 16-year-old Tatyana Vladimirovna Finnikova, the daughter of his teacher. Having received the title of master in 1886, Perkhin, accordingly, received the right to a personal brand “М. П.” (Mikhail Perkhin).

Two years later, Carl Faberge invited Perkhin to work in his jewelry firm. In addition, Faberge helped Perkhin open his own jewelry workshop in 1888. It was in this workshop that Perkhin worked for the next 15 years, being the chief master jeweler of the Faberge house.
The Faberge firm provided Perkhin’s workshop with orders, sketches, precious metals and stones, and sold finished jewelry.
Noteworthy that, Henrik Wigström, who later became one of the leading jewelers of Carl Faberge’s firm, began his career as an assistant to Mikhail Perkhin.
According to documents, by the end of the 1890s, more than 50 people worked in Perkhin’s workshop.

Clover egg

Clover egg

Craftsmen of his workshop created at least 20,000 pieces of jewelry. Among them are such masterpieces as 28 imperial Easter eggs. In particular, “Palaces of Denmark”, “Rosebud”, “Madonna Lily”, “Trans-Siberian Express”, “The Bronze Horseman”, etc. Also, 7 Easter eggs for the Kelkh-Bazanov family, “Rothschild”, “Marlboro”, “Scandinavian”, etc.
The themes of Easter eggs often determined memorable events in the life of the Russian state and the royal family.

Masterpieces by Perkhin

Masterpieces by Perkhin

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

In 1897, for the 1st anniversary of the coronation of Emperor Nicholas II, Mikhail Perkhin made a “Coronation” egg, decorated with golden enamel with a pattern in the form of sun rays and a lattice of laurel leaves and double-headed eagles. Inside is an exact copy of the carriage on which Empress Alexandra Feodorovna rode to the coronation.

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903) - chief master of the Faberge firm

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903) – chief master of the Faberge firm

Faberge jeweler Mikhail Perkhin

A bouquet of forest lilies of the valley in a golden basket, made of pearls and diamonds, and jade leaves. 1896

A bouquet of forest lilies of the valley in a golden basket, made of pearls and diamonds, and jade leaves. 1896

A frog-shaped box carved from bowenite with garnet eyes and diamond teeth. 1896

A frog-shaped box carved from bowenite with garnet eyes and diamond teeth. 1896

Apple tree flowers Easter Egg

Apple tree flowers Easter Egg

Bell in gold with enamel and moonstone, before 1896

Bell in gold with enamel and moonstone, before 1896

Bouquet of lilies

Bouquet of lilies

Dish with the coat of arms of St. Petersburg. 1896 Firm of Carl Faberge, Master Mikhail Perkhin. Rock crystal, gold, silver, diamonds

Dish with the coat of arms of St. Petersburg. 1896. Rock crystal, gold, silver, diamonds

Easter Egg - Gold Hen

Easter Egg – Gold Hen

Egg of the Gatchina Palace. 1901. Gold, enamel, silver, diamonds, rock crystal and pearls

Egg of the Gatchina Palace. 1901. Gold, enamel, silver, diamonds, rock crystal and pearls

Egg shaped pendant. Gold, diamonds, turquoise, garnets. 1.6 cm. Before 1898

Egg shaped pendant. Gold, diamonds, turquoise, garnets. 1.6 cm. Before 1898

Fan. Silk, mother-of-pearl, enamel, gold, diamonds, silver rhinestones. Circa 1900

Fan. Silk, mother-of-pearl, enamel, gold, diamonds, silver rhinestones. Circa 1900

Gold box with moss agate and diamonds, 1894

Gold box with moss agate and diamonds, 1894

Green and gold Easter Egg

Green and gold Easter Egg

Imperial Easter Egg

Imperial Easter Egg

Imperial gift box, before 1896

Imperial gift box, before 1896

Ivory mechanical elephant. Gold, diamonds, enamel, brass and nickel, 1892

Ivory mechanical elephant. Gold, diamonds, enamel, brass and nickel, 1892

Lily of the valley Imperial Easter Egg

Lily of the valley Imperial Easter Egg

Memory of the Azov

Memory of the Azov

Rebirth Easter Egg

Rebirth Easter Egg

Rococo style box. Gold, heliotrope, diamonds. Circa 1896

Rococo style box. Gold, heliotrope, diamonds. Circa 1896

Seal in jade with gold, diamonds and rubies, 1900

Seal in jade with gold, diamonds and rubies, 1900

Vulture on the perch. Agate, obsidian, gold, emeralds

Vulture on the perch. Agate, obsidian, gold, emeralds

Easter egg in memory of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway

Easter egg in memory of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Outside – the map of Russia. Inside – a clockwork miniature replica of a real train made of gold, platinum, diamonds, ruby and crystal

In memory of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Closeup

In memory of the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Closeup

Egg of the Gatchina Palace. 1901. Gold, enamel, silver, diamonds, rock crystal and pearls

Egg of the Gatchina Palace. 1901. Gold, enamel, silver, diamonds, rock crystal and pearls

Rothschild Easter Egg - a watch owned by Baron Eduard Rothschild. Russia, St. Petersburg, 1902

Rothschild Easter Egg – a watch owned by Baron Eduard Rothschild. Russia, St. Petersburg, 1902

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903)

Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin (1860-1903)