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Google Doodle: Peter Carl Fabergé 164th Birthday

Google Doodle

Today's Google doodle is in honor of Peter Carl Fabergé, the man whose name is synonymous with decorative eggs, is the subject of today’s Google Doodle.
Today’s Doodle, in which the letters of the word “Google” are hidden within Fabergé eggs, honours what would have been his 164th birthday. Fabergé, also known as Karl Gustavovich Fabergé, was born in Saint Petersburg in 1846 and died on Sept. 24, 1920, after the Bolsheviks nationalized his company following the October Revolution and confiscated the stock. Fabergé fled with his family to Switzerland and died two years later.

Fabergé was born into a family of jewellers. He took over his father’s company in 1882, where he turned his focus from producing jewelry to producing jewelled art and bejewelled items. It was the Tsar Alexander III who first requested the company create an embellished egg for his wife. He left the designs to Fabergé, with the stipulation that each one contain a surprise. The eggs are now highly sought after collectibles.

Google has created hundreds of doodles to commemorate events and important dates marking historical figures. The company most recently honoured the late Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog, with an animated Doodle, and also commemorated Earth Day this year. Other Google doodles include a playable Pac-Man, a Valentine’s Day-themed animation, and an ode to architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who designed Toronto’s Toronto-Dominion Centre. Geologist Nicolas Steno was honoured with the first doodle of 2012.
Peter Carl Fabergé honoured with Google Doodle



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