Michael is the most famous of Fabergé's workmaster. He was responsible for the crafting of the imperial Easter eggs from 1886 until his death in 1903.
Born in Petrosavodsk, Michael Perchin worked initially as a journeyman in the workshop of Erik Kollin. In 1884 he qualified as a master craftsman. His artistic potential must have been obvious to Fabergé, who appointed him head workmaster in 1886. Many new objects in gold and enamel that were elegant yet functional were produced in his workshop. His period as head workmaster is generally acknowledged to be the most artistically innovative, embracing a huge range of styles – from neorococo to Renaissance.
His hallmark appears on all but the first egg made during those years. Although he was initially trained by rural craftsmen, Perkhin's mature work recalls elements of the rococo and Louis XV styles.