The name FabergÃ© is synonymous with refined craftsmanship, jeweled luxury and the last days of the doomed Russian imperial family. The array of enameled picture frames and clocks, gold cigarette cases and cane tops, hardstone animals and flowers in rock crystal vases, and ruby encrusted brooches and boxes continue to fascinate viewers as they did when first displayed in the windows of FabergÃ©’s stores in St Petersburg, Moscow and London.
This summer, VMFA will feature the largest collection of FabergÃ© in the United States. FabergÃ© Revealed includes more than 500 objects and will be at VMFA July 9 – October 2. The Russian jeweler Karl FabergÃ© crafted objects for the Russian imperial family in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including specially commissioned Easter eggs. VMFA’s collection, the largest public collection of FabergÃ© outside of Russia, includes five of the 13 Russian imperial Easter eggs that are in the United States.
In addition to showcasing VMFA’s extensive FabergÃ© collection, the exhibition will feature loans from three important private collections. The collection of Matilda Geddings Gray of Louisiana will bring the Napoleonic Egg and the Imperial Lilies of the Valley Basket. Over 20 noteworthy loans from the Arthur and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation Collection include the Nobel Ice Egg and the Empress Josephine Tiara. Additionally, in a complementary exhibition of the Hodges Collection, more than 100 pieces will come from the family collection of Virginia-born Daniel Hodges, including the Bismark Box and the Coiled Serpent Paperweight.
For more information visit the VMFA website.