A new exhibition of works by Carl Fabergé, the celebrated jeweler and outstanding master of the jeweler’s trade, was formally opened on November 24 at the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibition will run through March 3, 2021.
The exhibition is called Fabergé, Jeweller to the Imperial Court, and feature works produced by imperial Russia’s last court jeweler, whose activities were inseparably bound up with the Winter Palace and the Imperial Hermitage, speak of the exquisite taste and love of the beauty of its former inhabitants.
The display contains gifts and personal items belonging to monarchs that were made by the celebrated firm, items of everyday use and interior décor that once adorned the living apartments of the imperial residences, and objects that were intended to become diplomatic gifts.
Mikhail Piotrovsky, General Director of the State Hermitage, said at the formal opening ceremony: “Today we are presenting an imperial interlude. Fabergé as an imperial jeweler, Supplier to the Imperial Court, a man who acquired his skills as a jeweler from working as a restorer on the Hermitage’s treasures. He is represented by creations from our own tsarist collection, from two imperial collections – Pavlovsk and Peterhof, and from three new museums – the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden, the Russian National Museum in Moscow and the Museum of Christian Culture in Saint Petersburg.”