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.
Theodore (known as Theo) was a grandson of Peter Carl Fabergé. His parents were Dorise Cladish and Nicholas Fabergé, but he was raised in London by his maternal aunt and her husband. Naturally creative and artistic, he excelled at technical drawing, fine instrument making, engineering and design. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War 2. In 1974, he sold his successful engineering business and began to earn a living restoring antiques and creating objets d'art.
A true designer maker, he excelled at ornamental turning and in 1978 submitted a box, made to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II into an annual competition organised by the Worshipful Company of Turners for which he was awarded the Lady Gertrude Crawford Medal, the highest award for ornamental turning. He was also granted the honour of Freeman Prizeman of the Turners Company. His work was much admired. In 1984 he entered a life-long contract to create, design and approve designs for a company called The Saint Petersburg Collection with whom he travelled the world extensively.
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