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Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg, 1912, lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, 12.3 x 9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg, 1912, lapis lazuli, gold, diamonds, 12.3 x 9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
June 14 to October 5, 2014

Fabulous Fabergé

Jeweller to the Czars

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is proud to present – in a Canadian exclusive – the finest Fabergé collection outside of Russia, from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond.

The name of Carl Fabergé (1846-1920), the Russian jeweller who created valuable objects for the Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II, became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship in luxurious jewellery. The House of Fabergé was also associated with the last days of the Russian imperial family and a tragic chapter of history at the start of the twentieth century. The exhibition comprises some 240 objects, including four of the forty-three remaining famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs.

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Mikhail Perkhin (workmaster), Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903, gold, platinum, silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, enamel, watercolour, ivory, rock crystal, 12 x 7.9 cm, surprise: 4.7 x 6.9 cm, stand: 7.7 x 6.9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Mikhail Perkhin (workmaster), Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903, gold, platinum, silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, enamel, watercolour, ivory, rock crystal, 12 x 7.9 cm, surprise: 4.7 x 6.9 cm, stand: 7.7 x 6.9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with Portraits, 1915, gold, silver gilt, enamel, velvet, 7.6 x 6 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with Portraits, 1915, gold, silver gilt, enamel, velvet, 7.6 x 6 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Mikhail Perkhin (workmaster), Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903, gold, platinum, silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, enamel, watercolour, ivory, rock crystal, 12 x 7.9 cm, surprise: 4.7 x 6.9 cm, stand: 7.7 x 6.9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Mikhail Perkhin (workmaster), Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg, 1903, gold, platinum, silver gilt, diamonds, rubies, enamel, watercolour, ivory, rock crystal, 12 x 7.9 cm, surprise: 4.7 x 6.9 cm, stand: 7.7 x 6.9 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with Portraits, 1915, gold, silver gilt, enamel, velvet, 7.6 x 6 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Carl Fabergé, Fabergé firm, Henrik Wigstrom (workmaster), Imperial Red Cross Easter Egg with Portraits, 1915, gold, silver gilt, enamel, velvet, 7.6 x 6 cm. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Bequest of Lillian Thomas Pratt. Photo Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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