Guardians of the „Egg“ collection: The Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg

31.05.2015

Карл Густавович Фаберже – Karl Gustavovich Faberzhe – the Russian goldsmith and jeweller born in St. Petersburg in 1846, gained worldwide fame with his luxuriously fashioned Easter Eggs crafted in precious metals and lavishly encrusted with twinkling gemstones. Czar Alexander III awarded The House of Fabergé the title „Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown“ in 1885, after getting acquainted and enthused about their exquisite contemporary craftsmanship on the occasion of a Moscow exhibition. He induced Fabergé’s works to be displayed at the renowned Hermitage and commissioned the first superbly finished Easter egg as a present for his wife, Empress Maria. Over time, frequent orders were placed by the Imperial Court and ample freedom was granted in terms of design, which proved to become more and more elaborate. Only one condition needed to be fulfilled by the talented jewellers: each one of the eggs must contain a surprise. Until this day, the bejewelled masterpieces exert their magic on whoever lays eyes or hands on them. The tradition of Czars ordering Easter eggs from Fabergé continued until 1918 when – during the October RevolutionThe House of Fabergé was nationalised by the Bolsheviks and their stock confiscated.

The Fabergé Egg: much copied, yet unrivalled

Fabergé Eggs: embellishing objects

Fabergé Eggs: embellishing objects

The first privately owned Fabergé museum in Russia was opened in St. Petersburg in November, 2013 by the „Link of Times cultural and historical foundation“ established by Viktor Vekselberg, an influential Russian industrialist and entrepreneur, in 2004. The mission: to preserve, study, and promote Russia’s cultural heritage and to repatriate significant items back to Russia. In the same year, Vekselberg purchased a unique collection of Fabergé works owned by magnate Malcolm Forbes. In the course of the years, more than 4,000 items of decorative objects and fine art have been acquired. The most valuable exhibits being nine Imperial Easter Eggs – each of them a masterpiece – created for Russia’s last emperors, Alexander III and Nicholas II.

Home to the Fabergé Museum is Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, overlooking the banks of the Fontanka River and featuring a 200-year history. Spreading over a vast 4,700 square meters, the superb edifice was carefully reconstructed and refurbished to its former glory over a period of seven years. The collection represents House of Fabergè's specialties: objects of fantasy, jewellery, silverware, interior and religious objects but also boasts works by their contemporaries, including famous Russian jewellers and silversmiths. fabergemuseum.ruTsar Events, a St. Petersburg-based DMC and PCO, are experienced partner when it comes to organise meetings or functions inside the Fabergé Museum. www.tsar-events.com

Home to the Fabergé Museum is Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, overlooking the banks of the Fontanka River and featuring a 200-year history. Spreading over a vast 4,700 square meters, the superb edifice was carefully reconstructed and refurbished to its former glory over a period of seven years. The collection represents House of Fabergè’s specialties: objects of fantasy, jewellery, silverware, interior and religious objects but also boasts works by their contemporaries, including famous Russian jewellers and silversmiths. fabergemuseum.ru

Tsar Events, a St. Petersburg-based DMC and PCO, are experienced partners when it comes to organise meetings or functions inside the Fabergé Museum. www.tsar-events.com

Another fine example of Fabergé craftsmanship.

Another fine example of Fabergé craftsmanship.
All images copyright Fabergé Museum St. Petersburg & The Link of Times Foundation.

A lucky strike
While hunting for unhoped-for treasures during a spree across a flea market, a US scrap dealer stroke it lucky by discovering a rare Fabergé egg by chance. Price of purchase: 10,000 euros. Market value: a sensational 24 million euros! London-based Fabergé expert Kieran McCarthy called it „The most unbelievable of all finds“. Fabergé had made the egg for Czar Alexander III. in 1887, who gave it to his wife, Maria Fjodorovna, as an Easter present.
The House of Fabergé Movie

The House of Fabergé Movie:
Fabergé: A life of its own, will be presented in cinemas around the world from June 29, 2015. The fascinating story allows viewers access to magnificent private collections, offers insights by experts and interviews with descendants of the Fabergé family.
Film trailer: http://www.artsalliance.com/event/faberge-a-life-of-its-own