Bolin, Carl Edvard

Biography

Carl Edvard Bolin is a Swedish jeweler, one of the most virtuosic and well-known masters at the royal court in Russia. The predecessor of Faberge, Bolin became famous due to the elitism of the jewelry with rare and expensive precious stones that he produced. Bolin's clients were members of the imperial family, as well as the upper strata of the society.

Bolins - a whole dynasty of jewelers, where children inherited their father’s helm, becoming no less skillful and famous masters. Bolin's name has not been forgotten even today, and not only because his works are genuine pieces of art, but also because his firm continues to live - the highest-level jewelry production and the Bolin auction house are in Sweden, and his works are exhibited in many museums of the world.

Bolin’s mastership was estimated by the Russian monarch so highly that for the first time in history he was granted the hereditary nobility. He easily stood the competition with Carl Faberge - all the most favorite jewelry of the royal family was ordered from him. Gold medals at international exhibitions were only an additional confirmation of his skills and the lack of rivals not only in Russia, but also abroad.

Today Bolin's work is a huge rarity. The company ceased to exist in 1917 after the revolution, royal jewelry was plundered, exclusive pieces of jewelry were melted down, stones were sold for a pittance, and many unique works of art were irretrievably lost.

Leaving from Tsarskoe Selo before execution, the royal family took with them some jewelry. Later they changed these fabulously expensive treasures for food, all that remained was confiscated after the execution. The official documents of the Bolsheviks read: "About half a pound of diamonds were collected from the corpses of the Romanovs."

Carl Edward Bolin is buried in the suburb of Baden-Baden. The gravestone reads: "Eduard v Bolin, St.Petersburg".

Exhibits in the Museum Collection