FABERGE-Workmasters.

FABERGE-Workmasters.

JOHAN VICTOR AARNE (1863-1934)

Workmaster 1891-1904. Specialized in picture frames and bell pushers, working in gold, silver and enamel.

FEDOR AFANASSIEV

Little is known about him but mark appears on small, high-quality objects, particularly miniature Easter Eggs.

KARL GUSTAV HALMAR ARMFELT (1873-1959)

Workmaster 1904-16. Bought Aarne’s workshop. Specialized in enamel.

ANDREI GORIANOV

Took over workshop of Wilhelm Reimer in 1898. Specialized in gpld cigarette cases-carry only his name, not that of Faberge.

AUGUSTUS FREDERIK HOLLMING (1854-1913)

Qualified as workmaster 1880, moved into Faberge’s building 1900. Made fine enamelled pieces, particularly cigarette cases.

VAINO HOLLMING (1895-1934)

Workmaster 1913-17.

AUGUSTUS WILHELM HOLMSTROM (1829-1903)

Senior member of firm, having started working with Gustav Faberge in 1857. Head jeweller, responsible for all company’s jewellery. Also highly skilled goldsmith. Contributed to many of the Imperial Eggs.

ALBERT HOLMOSTROM

Succeeded his father in 1903. A skilled jeweller, he continued to use his father’s hallmark AH.

KARL GUSTAV JOHANNSON LUNDELL (born 1883, date of death unknown).

Thought to have been workmaster at the Odessa branch, his mark is often found on cigarette cases.

ANDERS MICKELSON (1839-1913)

Became a master goldsmith in 1867. Produced gold cigarette cases and small enamelled objects.

ANDERS JOHN NEVALAINEN (1858-1933).

Started in workshop of Augustus Holmstrom ut later had own workshop, working exclusively for Faberge. Made small gold and silver objects and cigarette cases.

GABRIEL ZACHARIASSON NIUKKANEN

Workmaster 1898-1912. Manager of Odessa workshop for a time and his mark is found on gold and silver cigarette cases, but these are rarely accompanied by Faberge’s hallmark.

KNUT OSKAR PIHL (1860-97)

Chief jeweller at Moscow branch 1887-97, specializing in small pieces.

JULIUS ALEXANDROVITCH RAPPAPORT (1864-1916)

Head silversmith, producing large silver pieces and silver services, trained in Berlin.

WILHELM REINER (died around 1898)

Made small objects of enamel and gold.

PHILIP THEODOR RINGE

With his own workshop from 1893, it is thought he worked occasionally for Faberge, providing small enamelled objects in gold or silver.

FEODOR RUCKERT

Notable for his work with cloisonne enamel, particularly in the way it departs from the traditional Russian style, shoving clear influence of Art Nouveau. Supplied Faberge and other customers, which is why many of his pieces do not carry Faberge signature.

EDUARD WILHELM SCHRAMM

Made gold cigarette cases and small pieces. It is thought he provided work for Faberge only occasionally and most of his work carried just his own initials.

VLADIMIR SOLOVIEV

Took over the workshop of Ringe on his death and produced similar work.

ALFRED THIELEMANN (date of birth unknown, died between 1908 and 1910)

Qualified as a master in 1858 and was in charge of production in one of Faberge’s jewellery workshop from 1880. Made small pieces and trinkets. Mark often causes confusion because it was also used by three other masters who were not connected with Faberge: Alexander Tillander who made objets d’art in the Faberge manner; A. Tobinkov, a silversmith; and A. Treiden. Thieleman’s son, Karl Rudolph, succeeded him when he died.

STEFAN WAKEVA (1833-1910)

Silversmith specializing in tea and coffee services and table silver. When he died, his son, Alexander, took over the workshop and used his own initials as a mark.

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