The egg is a symbol of life. The grenade, shaped like an egg, is a symbol of death. A Fabergé egg: so delicate and priceless you wouldn’t want to hold it. A grenade: so volatile and destructive you wouldn’t want to hold it. The juxtapositions are interesting, but not as fascinating as the history.
Carl Fabergé was commissioned by the Tzar of Russia to make a get-well gift for the Tzar’s wife. And so Fabergé created his first egg. He would go on for many years making these beautiful creations, until around WWI. As one of the biggest jewellers in Europe, with over five-hundred employees in his Moscow factory alone, Fabergé understood the production process, and how to work with metals. As a friend to the Tzar, and a royal jeweller, the Tzar commissioned him to make grenades and other metallic objects for the war. Fabergé would end up making over 6.5 million grenades in his Moscow factory. How ironic that this began as the creating of an egg–a symbol of life–and many years later became grenades–a symbol of death.
David Krovblit’s works, merging the two symbols, display dichotomies and tension. Visually arresting and provocative, they carry the weight of history.