Rappoport , Julius-Alexander
Isaac Abramovich Rappoport was considered to be the best silversmith of the Faberge firm. He changed his name to Julius - Alexander, when he adopted Lutheranism. In the Faberge workshops there worked 500 people, but only three masters had the right to sign their products. One of them was Julius Rappoport.
The future famous master was born in 1850 in the town of Datnov, Kovno province. It is believed that he studied in Berlin, and then in 1883 moved to St. Petersburg, where he immediately opened his own workshop.
In the Rappoport’s workshop a variety of things were created, ranging from writing implements to vases, candelabra and large ceremonial sets with indispensable decorative ornaments. Rappaport was of an artistic nature and a genuine workaholic. The first and best worker of his workshop, he, loving his craft, personally embodied his ideas behind a workbench and literally burned out at work. For example, a decanter, imitating the shape of a beaver, testifies his skill of working on silver. Embossing, complementary to casting, is so masterly executed that the animal's fur even seems soft in appearance.
Rappoport supplied a lot of his works to the court. So, one of the master's works was purchased as a gift to his wife by Nicholas II - a glass jewelry showcase in a magnificent silver frame in the form of a "Louis XVI-style" portchair. Silver ladle, made by Rappoport, the Russian imperial couple presented in 1892 to Christian IX and Queen Louise for their golden wedding. Some chased boxes made by Julius Rappoport are stored in the Kremlin Armory and in the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
Based on the materials of "Petersburg jewelers of the XIX-beginning of XX century" by Lilia Kuznetsova