Exhibition, March 22, 2003 - April 9th , 2003, 'Faberge Jewelry Paintings' by Carol Sutton, at Gallery One in Toronto, Ontario

email invitation Gallery One, Toronto, Ontario, Carol Sutton Faberge Series Exhibition, 2003

Fabergé Jewelry Series 

These paintings are all based on the drawings and watercolor sketches of jewelry by Carl Faberge.

This series of jewelry paintings on paper is a part of a larger group of images based on garments and earrings done by Carol Sutton titled THE GARMENT BASED WORKS. The Carl Faberge series began in 1997 and continues to 2003.

The Carl Fabergé Jewelry Series, began in1997. It is based on the lost and then found work done for the tsar of Russia, rusart_slice.gif©, design by Carol Sutton in Painter.from the St. Petersburg Archives, a book titled:

Faberge: Lost and Found, The Recently Discoved Jewelry Designs for the St. Petersburg Archives.
Author: Kenneth Snowman
Which has the wonderful watercolor drawings, Seeing these is what inspired me to make my Faberge paintings on paper series. Often the drawings are shown beside examples of the real jewelry piece which they were able to find and match with the notebook.


Kokoshinik Pendant Flying Alphabet

Kyiaro 1909-kokoshinik pendant by P Carl Faberge flying alphabet, painting by Carol Sutton, 'Faberge Jewelry Series', 2002

Title: Kyiaro 1909-kokoshinik pendant by P Carl Faberge flying alphabet
Size: 14 1/2" x 11"
Artist: Carol Sutton
Date of drawing: November 22, 2000
for sale:at the Gallery One in Toronto, Ontario
value: $3,000.oo
This artwork is illustrated on the exhibition invitation card.
Kokoshinik Pendant Flying Alphabet, painting by Carol Sutton, 2002
Shown as framed.

Kyrano Earring

Kyi_faberge_sutton_sm.jpg©, Kyrano earring, Faberge Series, by artist Carol Sutton©

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Title: Kyiora* 1909
kokoshinik by Carl Faberge designer
Artist: CArol Sutton
Date of drawing: February 7, 1997; F

A Russian


The Faberge Earring Series

Kyianro_faberge_sketch.jpg©, Faberge from Snowman book, page 48

My scan showing source for the painting, from the Snowman book:page 48.

Carol Sutton painting, The transmitting of Pleasure, Faberge Jewelry Series, ©


The book I used as a source for my painting is:


Faberge: Lost and Found, The Recently Discoved Jewelry Designs for the St. Petersburg Archives.
Author: Kenneth Snowman
205 illustrations, 169 in full color
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, New York
date published: 1993
ISBN: 0-8109-3307-1, hardcover, first editionA Kenneth Snowman book: Faberge: Lost and Found


Faberge: Lost & Found
Fabergé: Lost and Found. by A. Kenneth Snowman. For
more than twenty-five years Carl Fabergé ...
via Wartski index, then click publications:
Publications-Wartski has a tradition of sponsoring and encouraging academic research. To date the following studies have been published by current members of the firm;

Which has the wonderful watercolor drawings, Seeing these is what inspired me to make my Faberge paintings on paper series. Often the drawings are shown beside examples of the real jewelry piece. :

"Within the pages of these record books are countless meticulous watercolour and ink drawings of, it seems, every jewel that was made by the firm from 1909 to 1915. Each design is dated and accompanied by detailed handwritten instructions as to type, number, and weight of gemstones, precious metal setting, and colour of enameling to be used in carrying out the piece. Hundreds of these invaluable - and incredibly beautiful - drawings are reproduced here for the first time, most in full colour, with captions describing the jewel, the materials to be used, and the date of execution. And very often the actual finished jewels are photographed next to the drawings from which they were created. "QUOTE

"A Kenneth Snowman is Chairman and grandson of the founder of Wartski, the London jewelry firm that has helped form many of the outstanding Fabergé collections of the world. He has written many books and articles on gold and jewelry and is the editor of Abrams' The Master jewelers and contributor to Abram's Masterpieces from the House of Fabergé. Snowman was curator and wrote the catalogues for the Fabergé exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in 1977 and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, in 1983. Fabergé: Lost and Found is critically important document for jewelry collectors and historians and a delight for anyone who cares for fine craftsmanship and exquisite drawing."QUOTE

tiny.updated.gif, green updated iconCarol Sutton's The Carl Fabergé Jewelry Series Faberge diamond bow, faberge pendant The masculine ones: cuff links Carol Sutton Fine Art - my homepage

6 pages: SUB GROUP OF GARMENT BASED WORKS> are The paintings based on the designs of Carl Faberge and his workshops.
Carol Sutton's The Carl Fabergé Jewelry Series, 1997 to 2002- LEAD PAGE to Faberge works
Carol Sutton's: The masculine ones: cuff links
Carol Sutton's: Carl Faberge workshop diamond bow:
Carol Sutton's: A painting of a Carl Faberge pendant.
Carol Sutton's: A single large image of a Faberge painting of :
Title: Kyiora* 1909, kokoshinik by Carl Faberge designer © date:February 7, 1997; F
GALLERY ONE invitation for Carol Sutton's - Faberge Paintings Series- 
Show date: March 22 to April 9, 2003, at 121 Scollard Street, Toronto, ON, m5r 1g4

links: KOKOSHNIK; Russian Women's Headwear


Russian headdress. Page maintained by. ...
members.aol.com/LiudmilaV/KOKOSHNIK.htm - 3k -
Russian Women's Headwear and Accessories from IXth through XVIIth Centuries
Excerpts from Collegium Caidis Class Notes
by Lady Liudmila Vladimirova doch'
with kind assistance of Mistress Soraya Evodia of Odessa, O. L.
How to make a maiden's headdress
How to make a kokoshnik [contains over 20 detailed how to photographys at: http://members.aol.com/LiudmilaV/Burgundy.htm
Another semi-shared element of maiden's and married woman's headwear was "chelo kichnoe" - a povyazka that looked like a front part of a kokoshnik or kika worn by married women, and commonly misnamed "kokoshnik" in modern times. According to Giliarovskaia, the name "chelo kichnoe" originates in the XVth century, but a crescent-shaped or otherwise designed broad povyazka on a stiff foundation with ribbons at the back was probably known earlier as well.

... garments that you put onto me... Take off these bracelets, girlfriends, take off
the kokoshnik, make my hair into a braid, like you have maiden-like!" "Are you ...
www.sunbirds.com/lacquer/readings/1132 - 15k
"He will not find out, girlfriends! I will put the kokoshnik back on!"--(A.K. Tolstoy "Prince Silver" chapter 5, 1862)
more on the Kokoshnik history:
"A kokoshnik (pronounced kah-KOSH-nick) is the headdress worn by a married woman in the central and northern regions of Russia. The headdress was worn in other regions as well, but it did not have any status symbolism to it. It is shaped as a high shield, of various designs above the forehead. "
"The name kokoshnik come from the Ancient Russian "kokosh" for a broon-hen, as opposed to a "kokot" for hencock, and is based on the form of the bird's crest. The shape of the kokoshnik varies from region to region. Ethnographers have written the following: "The shapes of kokoshniks from the Northern Regions vary greatly even from regions quite close to each other. In the Ostashkovo region the surface of the helmet-like head covering was filled with "pozument" and thick gold thread embroidery, and the area next to the forehead ended in a grid of pearls or beads. - - -"quote from site.
A superb box painted with a woman in a Kokoshnik:at http://www.sunbirds.com/lacquer/box/240316

Main view
The girl pictured here is the daughter of a merchant. The merchants became a separate class in Russia during the 18th and especially the 19th century. They were not of noble birth, but many had much more monetary wealth than those of the nobility. This radiant beauty painted here wears a kokoshnik, or traditional headdress. These kokoshniks were very ornamental, and originally were worn only by married women. The girl is also wearing traditional Russian formal wear, namely a dushegreya, which is the sleeveless dress. Both practical and decorative, the traditional costume is very unique to Russian culture, and many fine examples of kokoshniks and dushegreyas are displayed in museums throughout Russia.
Since the merchants, even with there wealth, were not considered equals of the nobles the reforms that Peter the Great set forth during his reign did not apply to them. This is why this girl, who was most likely originally painted during the mid-19th century, has very classic attire on, even for that time. Her family's wealth is evident by the fact that her portrait is being painted. Some nobles were not able to afford this luxury of having their likeness reproduced on canvas. Many of these portraits by well-known artists in 19th century Russia have survived to today, such as Ivan Argunov's "Portrait of a Peasant Woman in Russian Costume", Nikolai Alexeev's "A Young Girl in Russian Costume", and Konstantin Makovsky's "Boyarina" and "Boyarina bearing a tray". These paintings are all on display in art museums in Russia, such as the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
Simple in its design but exquisite in its implementation, this miniature portrait of a Russian girl is incredible! Vladimir Yemelyanov has combined brilliant skill with oil paints in shading, coloring, texturing, and a gift for realism, with delicate decoration. This piece is truly a work of art, from top to bottom! The girl's rosy cheeks and bright eyes show a youthful beauty and innocence. Her long braid is draped in front of her as she sits and has her portrait painted. The shading and coloration looks so natural, that the skill and keen eye of the artist is only apparent upon close inspection of the piece. There is a light glow on the wall behind the girl from the unseen light source, but otherwise the background is a soft brown color.
Instead of using black lacquer to paint the box's exterior the artist chooses a much more difficult method of decorating his work. The brown outside is painted with a design that is very similar to the famous tortoise shell pattern. It is produced by applying very thin oil paints on the surface of the box in a series of applications that could sometimes take a month to complete for the desired effect. The artist also paints gold designs for decoration, one that accents the corners of the lid and another that wraps around the sides of the box. The lid is hinged from the left side of the composition, and the box sits flat. The elegant painting is signed and dated by the artist.
Materials: paper-mache, black and red lacquer, oil paints, gold.
Item Specifications:
* Title: "Lady with Kokoshnik (2000)"
* School: Fedoskino
* Dimensions:
(4 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/4 inches, 11.50 x 14.50 x 3.50 cm)
* 1400.00
* Status: SOLD
* Yemelyanov, Vladimir Nikolaevich at: http://www.sunbirds.com/lacquer/artist/4069
Was born in 1956 in the town of Dolgoprudny, Moscow region and resides there now.
In 1979 he graduated from the Fedoskino Art School. His teachers were Antonov V.D.,
#240316   "Lady with Kokoshnik" (2000)  Yemelyanov, Vladimir Nikolaevich
Fedoskino (4 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/4 inches, 11.50 x 14.50 x 3.50 cm) $1400.00
Item URL: http://www.sunbirds.com/lacquer/box/240316

Olga's GalleryA wonderful oil painting of this head dress.at http://www.abcgallery.com/N/nesterov/nesterov1.html


Mikhail Nesterov. A Girl with Kokoshnik (Woman's Headdress in Old Russia). Portrait of Marya Nesterova. 1885. Oil on panel. Private

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