Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Fabergé's Russian Soldier

Russian Reserve Soldier, 1915

This 6.7-inch tall Russian soldier was created for the House of Carl  Fabergé of St. Petersburg, by the artists P.M. Kremlev and G. Savitsky. It's made of gold, silver, jasper, ophicalcite, and pegmatite. The statue is currently held at the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow.  I recently spotted it, when it made the briefest of appearances on an Amazon television documentary on the Fabergé empire. Naturally the video also features a lot of information on the famous Easter eggs.  The most gripping parts of the program covered the First World War and subsequent revolutionary/civil war period and the disposition of the various treasures of the Romanovs.  Highly recommended.

Sources: "Exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna Presents the World of Fabergé," and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum


  1. Is he blowing on his hands to warm them?

  2. From Remarque:
    "A word of command has made these silent figures our enemies; a word of command might transform them into our friends. At some table a document is signed by some persons whom none of us knows, and then for years together that every crime on which formerly the world’s condemnation and severs penalty fall, becomes our highest aim. But who can draw such a distinction when he looks at these quiet men with their childlike faces and apostles’ beards?"

  3. Cute little image that Little Nicky's family loved and cared about so much. They were so touched by its precious materials and evocation of Mother Russia, and such a well equipped example of the army mother Russia put in the field, nice boots, uniform, fire arm. Never mind those that were barefoot taking weapons and clothing/boots from the dead guys.