Most of these books are based on information provided by Eugène Carlovich Fabergé in the 1930s and also on how it was used by H.C. Bainbridge, the first biographer of Carl Fabergé in 1949.
The inability to access essential archival material meant that Fabergé scholars were previously unable to authenticate their work. Letters written by the Tsars, Fabergé's invoices, Cabinet documents and Bolshevik inventories had all been hidden away within Russia since the Revolution.
Furthermore another important and valuable source of information had never been exploited by any Fabergé specialist: namely the Fabergé family papers which comprise documents handed over through four generations. They include rare literature, the London ledgers, lists of confiscated goods during the Soviet period in Saint Petersbourg and Moscow and an extremely interesting photographic collection such as the pictures of the amazing silver table service made by Fabergé Moscow for the gold magnate Alexander Kelkh.
For over ten years the authors researched the forbidden Russian archives and studied the additional unpublished material to make this remarkable book, supported by a wealth of documentary evidence much of which has never been published before, the first complete and definitive masterpiece to disclose the fascinating history of the House of Fabergé.