Alexander Kelch

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Alexander Ferdinandovich Kelch was a Russian nobleman who lived in St Petersburg at the end of the 19th century. He is remembered mainly as a patron of Fabergé, having commissioned seven eggs [note 1] for his wife Barbara (Varvara).[1]

His wealth came from marrying his brother's widow Varvara Petrovna Bazanova, whose family had made a fortune in Siberian industry, particularly gold-mining. The Bazanov business empire collapsed after the Russo-Japanese War; the couple divorced in 1915, Varvara moving to Paris and Alexander remaining as a pauper in Russia; he was arrested and disappeared in Siberia in 1930.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hen (1898), Twelve Panel (1899), Pine Cone (1900), Apple Blossom (1901), Rocaille (1902), Bonbonnière (1903), and Chanticleer (1904).