In search of a Tiffany lava lamp

An interesting hypothetical from Lisa:

It was clear that the market for Fabergé’s work was a tiny, tiny subset of the wealthiest 1% of the aristocracy of Europe. I couldn’t help feeling relieved that Tsarina Alexandra of Russia never woke up one day and said, “I’m just so OVER Fabergé.” All of Europe would have followed suit and then what would all those thousands of artisans on Fabergé’s payroll have done? They would have had to scramble for dollars, Rubles, Marks and Franks from the rising Nouveau Riche. That would have been a different clientele, probably demanding items with some sort of useful purpose. How would Fabergé have tackled making, say, a gem-encrusted fondue set?

I am suddenly, and horribly, seized by a vision of Chrysler’s TC by Maserati.

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2 comments

  1. Lisa Paul »

    11 March 2009 · 4:23 pm

    The Tiffany Lava Lamp! Why didn’t I think of that. And of course the Lalique shot glasses. Downmarket luxuries for our tighter times.

  2. fillyjonk »

    11 March 2009 · 8:00 pm

    If I had the time, energy, and skill for doing stained glass work, I would TOTALLY be making a Tiffany lava lamp.

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