PETER CARL FABERGE: Google hatches preciously artful Doodle to honor the famed Russian jeweler

WE’VE GROWN USED to seeing Google gift us with “Easter eggs” — such screen tricks, say, as “let it snow” flakes and tilting barrel rolls.

But literal Easter eggs? Today, Google rolls out the high art.

The latest Doodle hatched from the tech titan’s artistic team consists of six gemstone-encrusted eggs, to mark the 166th anniversary of the birth of famed Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé.

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In St. Petersburg, Russia, Fabergé was born into the family business on this day in 1846 — Papa was a master with stones and precious decorative art in Imperial Russia — and the son inherited the House of Fabergé nearly a quarter-century later.

Fabergé the Younger gained global fame for his signature eggs, and a turning point came with Moscow’s 1882 Pan-Russian Exhibition, when his gilded art took home the gold, leading to the king of all big-time clients: the Romanovs — as he won favor with Tsar Alexander III.

The Bolsheviks would nationalize Fabergé in 1918 — two years before a “heartbroken” Fabergé died at age 74.


Today’s Doodle honors Peter Carl Fabergé. (courtesy of GOOGLE 2012 )

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Peter Carl Fabergé.

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Faberge family history:

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Comic Riffs’ TOP TWELVE ‘GOOGLE DOODLES’ THAT HONOR MUSICAL & VISUAL ARTISTS (*before today):

1. LES PAUL: THE PLAYABLE GUITAR

2. MARTHA GRAHAM: THE DANCING DOODLE

3. JOHN LENNON: IMAGINE THIS DOODLE

4. FREDDIE MERCURY: THE MUSIC VIDEO

5. JIM HENSON: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS

6. CHARLES ADDAMS: THE SPOOKY DOODLE

7. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”

8. MARY BLAIR: THE DISNEY DOODLE

9. DIEGO RIVERA: THE LARGER-THAN-LIFE MURAL

10. ALEXANDER CALDER: THE MOBILE DOODLE

11. WILL EISNER: THE SPIRITED DOODLE

12. RICHARD SCARRY: THE BUSTLING NEIGHBORHOOD

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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