Exhibition: ‘Fabergé Style. Excellence Beyond Time’


On December 15, the New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition Complex* hosts the opening of a large-scale exhibition Fabergé Style. Excellence Beyond Time

The exhibition will feature more than 400 artworks, many of which have never been shown to the general public before. The project will gather the works of the House of Faberge’ from the collections of Russian and foreign museums: the Faberge Museum in Baden-Baden (Germany), the State Hermitage Museum (Russia, St. Petersburg) and others.

The Faberge** exhibition in Russia will present the full range of activities of the world-famous company:

“This is the first such large-scale project that presents not just individual items but tells the story of the development of the House of Faberge’. The extensive exhibition demonstrates visitors not only precious products, but also unique documents that mark the key milestones in the history of the famous brand”, — says Alexander Ivanov, the curator of the exhibition, professor, founder of the first private Museum in Russia (Russian National Museum) and the Faberge’ Museum in Baden-Baden (Germany).

In addition to jewelry and accessories, the Museum “New Jerusalem” presents crystal ware, gift and interior goods and also medals, lapidary works and works of Faberge’ created during the First World War. Also, at the exhibition it will be possible to evaluate and compare the work style of masters from the different departments of the House – St. Petersburg and Moscow. A special place of the exhibition is the Royal Hall, where unique copies of royal gifts, the famous Imperial Easter Eggs, items from the Cabinet of His Imperial Majesty, decorations of the Imperial Family will be displayed.

Among the key exhibits there are Easter Imperial Egg from Karelian birch (1917), the last Easter Egg, made and presented to the Imperial Family by Faberge’; Easter Imperial Egg “Imperial Blue Tsarevich Constellation Egg” (1917), intended as a gift to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna for Easter 1917; brooch “Butterfly” (1896), presented by Emperor Nicholas II to actress M. N. Yermolova.

One of the halls is recreated as the interior of the office of the chief executive of the Faberge’ firm, where you can see the original writing materials produced by the House of Faberge’ and a phone from the master’s office on Bolshaya Morskaya street in St. Petersburg. A separate room is dedicated to Faberge’s workshops. Its central installation is a huge table, a stylized version of the jeweler’s workspace with unique tools used at the turn of the century, the original sketches of artists which masters based their work on. Interactive touch panels tell all the information and photos about the features of jewelry techniques that glorified this unsurpassed brand. There is also a separate room for workshops and a projector screen showing a film about the history of the Faberge House. In addition to the works of Faberge’ jewelry house, the exhibition presents works of his contemporaries who imitated or tried to compete with the great master — items by Bolin, Sazikov, Ovchinnikov and Khlebnikov.

PHOTOS © New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition Complex

* “New Jerusalem” is one of the largest museums in Russia. It is located in the town of Istra, 60 km from Moscow. Today the Museum’s collection consists of more than 180 000 items. “New Jerusalem” has often been the venue for major inter-museum projects. The newest one is the exhibition of Carl Faberge’, where many of exhibits will be presented to the public for the first time.

** Artist and entrepreneur, Carl Faberge (1846-1920) managed to create the largest
jewelry company in Russia that determined the development of the industry of the late XIX – early XX centuries. Baltic Germany by birth with French roots from his father, Carl Faberge studied at the German school of St. Anna in St. Petersburg, and then graduated from the Dresden Trading School and the Commercial College in Paris, learning at the same time jewelry art from the Frankfurt goldsmith Joseph Friedman.

The House of Faberge’ became famous worldwide in 1900 after the world exhibition in Paris, where Carl Faberge’ was a member of the jury. In 1903, a shop of the House was opened in London that also became a center of trade with France, America and Asia. The Faberge House clientele consisted of members of royal families of GB, Germany, Italy, Sweden and many other countries. A distinctive feature of the Faberge enterprise was the combination of two different specializations. The company created jewelry with precious stones, enamels and also so-called haberdashery: snuff boxes, bonbonnieres, cigar cases. Meanwhile, the House manufactured silverware — cutlery, vases, bowls, prize cups.

The exhibition Fabergé Style. Excellence Beyond Time runs from 15th December 2018 to 24th March 2019, at the New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition complex

© New Jerusalem Museum and Exhibition Complex / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 December 2018