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The Fabergé case : from the private collection of John Traina
Traina, John.
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New York : Harry N. Abrams, [1998]

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192 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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NK7398.F33 A4 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The House of Faberge created many magnificent objects for the Russian Czars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them were several sumptuous, individually designed cigarette cases. The author has the world's largest collection of these handcrafted cases, unique in size and shape and made from a dazzling array of materials.

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Booklist Review

No, not eggs. Fabergemade cigarette cases, too, and collector John Traina, formerly married to Danielle Steel, owns the world's largest collection of them. There's something charming about collecting cigarette cases in an era when hardly anyone smokes--a purity, perhaps--and this strikingly beautiful book makes the most of that charm. The four-color photos of the intricately designed cases take center stage, of course, and Fabergedevotees will swoon at the sight of them. Perhaps not quite as elaborate as the designer's signature eggs, they are nonetheless remarkable, both as objets d'art and as a reflection of a very different era when luxury could be defined by how you carried your cigarettes. An essay by Traina describes his passion for the cases, and an introduction by Steel reminisces about living with the collection. Scholarly essays discuss Faberge's Russia and the making of the cases. A specialized topic, to be sure, but a treat all the same for anyone with an eye for the finer things. --Ilene Cooper

Choice Review

Faberge jewels and objets d'art have long been celebrated and documented through numerous books, articles, and auction catalogs. Traina has the distinction of having accumulated the world's largest collection of Faberge cigarette cases along with various other glamourous objects from the atelier of Faberge. Traina's collection is beautifully presented in this volume, and the accompanying text discusses his method of collecting while amplifying the great enthusiasm involved in forming such a collection. Novelist Danielle Steele, formerly Mrs. John Traina, complements his text with a more lyrical discussion of Faberge's art. Mikhail Piotrovsky and Geza von Hapsburg also provide critical assessments of the individual cigarette cases, while numerous other commentaries are appended. Readers will savor the lavish full-page color plates by photographer Fred Lyon, which introduce the volume and punctuate the text. Captions to the plates provide details of provenance and factual information on each of the enamel, glass, wood, gemstone, jade, and other precious metal cigarette cases. The volume is impeccably produced and will interest scholars, collectors, students, and those who aspire to glamor. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals; two-year technical program students. L. Doumato; National Gallery of Art