The Council was formed in 2007 to counsel the unified Fabergé brand in its pursuit of excellence and exclusivity and to advise and provide guidance on Peter Carl Fabergé and his legacy. Founder members are Sarah Fabergé, Peter Carl Fabergé’s Great Granddaughter who is also Fabergé’s Director of Special Projects and John Andrew, a connoisseur and Fabergé’s Archivist. The third member is the world-renowned Fabergé expert, Dr Géza von Habsburg who is also Fabergé’s Curatorial Director. Past founder members were Theo Fabergé 1922-2007 and Tatiana Fabergé 1930-2020.
John maintains that he was born a collector as he has been acquisitive for as long as he can remember. He has had an interest in Fabergé for 40 years and during the 1990s he formed a small collection of pieces from the era of Peter Carl Fabergé.
A Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Art Scholars, an Associate of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and a Member of the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh, he is also Curator of The Pearson Silver Collection, which is the largest collection of post World War II and contemporary British designer silver in private hands. Part of it was exhibited at SFO Museum in San Francisco during 2018-2019. During the 6.5 months of the exhibition the footfall through the gallery where it was exhibited was an estimated 4.25 million of which 700,000 stopped to engage with the pieces.
In addition to his interest in the history of Fabergé prior to the Russian Revolution of 1917, he has researched the use of the Fabergé name in what he calls ‘the twilight years’ after the Revolution when it initially became associated with perfume and finally with a range of household cleaning brands.
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