The Fabergé workshops, which Fabergé had opened in Moscow, Odessa and Kiev by the late 19th century and which at one point had employed more than 500 craftsmen, also ceased to exist when the Romanov dynasty ended. Fabergé himself escaped to France.
Erik August Kollin (December 28, 1836-1901)
Erik August Kollin was born in Brödtorp, Pojo, Finland, where he completed his apprenticeship before travelling to St. Petersburg. Qualified as workmaster in 1868, in 1870 opened his own workshop in St. Petersburg. Kollin worked for August Holmström and for Carl Fabergé, and was soon put in charge of all Fabergé workshops, a post he held until 1886 when he was replaced by Michael Perchin. He was Fabergé's first chief jeweler. Specialized in gold and silver articles, most of them in an archaic style of the period. The artefacts produced Kollin for Fabergé before his departure in 1886 generally bears his initials EK, together with Fabergé's hallmark and are frequently to be found in a Fabergé box. Evidently these pre-date the change of hallmarks in 1899. Objects bearing EK mark oly and produced between 1885 and 1899 should be considered as the work of an independent operator, unless cased by Fabergé.
Johannes Zehngraf (1857-1908)
Zehngraf, born in Nykøbing Falster, Dänemark, was the chief miniature painter for Fabergé and decorated the Lilies of the Valley Egg.
Wilhelm Reimer (dead circa 1898)
Reimer, born in Pernan in the Baltic area, made small enamel and gold objects.
Konstantin Iacovlevich Krijitski (May 17, 1858- April 4, 1911) Kiev - Ukraine
Krijitski (or Kryzhickij) painted miniatures for the Caucasus Egg and the Danish Palace egg.
He was academic of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg (1889).
He committed suicide, and is buried in the Orthodox cemetery of Smolensk in St. Petersburg.
Adrian Viktorovich Prakhov (1846-1916)
Prakhov, born in Mstislavl', painted the icon of the Resurrection of Christ for the Red Cross Egg with Resurrection Triptych.
Vassily Zuiev (1878- 1941)
Zuiev possibly succeeded Zehngraf as chief miniature painter and painted on enamels as well as ivory. An important example of his work is the Fifteenth Anniversary Egg and the Romanov Tercentenary Egg.
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