April is Fabergé Month at the Russian History Museum

2021-04-08T20:12:56-04:00April 5th, 2021|Announcements|

The Russian History Museum is pleased to announce that April’s online programming is dedicated to exploring the artistry and genius of the court jeweler to the tsars, the Firm of Karl Fabergé. Three programs will focus on the work of the firm, highlighting a masterpiece in the Museum’s collection that has rarely been seen by the public, and featuring works by Fabergé in two renowned collections.

On Saturday, April 10, Caroline de Guitaut, Deputy Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art, will examine the stories behind some of the most important pieces by Fabergé in the British Royal Collection. In scale, quality, and diversity of object the collection has few parallels. But it is in its unique formation – acquired by six successive generations of the royal family from Queen Victoria to HRH The Prince of Wales – the collection stands alone. In April’s Second Saturday online lecture, “Fabergé: From the Romanovs to Royalty. Assembling the British Royal Collection of a Russian Master Goldsmith,” Caroline will explore the history of the British Royal Collection, entwined with the dynastic links between the Romanovs and the British royal family. Register for this free program!

Then, on Thursday, April 15, the Museum will present its inaugural Collecting Stories conversation. The first program in this series is an exclusive conversation with Dorothy McFerrin and Jennifer McFerrin Bohner, collectors and keepers of the McFerrin Collection. The McFerrin Fabergé Collection, currently numbering over 600 pieces, is among the largest private collections of Fabergé in the world. Nick Nicholson, Russian History Museum’s Curator, will speak with the McFerrins about their collection, their favorite works, and their particular interest in pieces with strong stories and imperial provenance. Participants of “Collecting Stories: The McFerrin Faberge Collection” can participate in the conversation by submitting their own questions to the Museum’s special guests before or during the program. Save your seat!

Lastly, on Thursday, April 22,  Michael Perekrestov, the Museum’s Executive Director, and, Nick Nicholson, Curator, will discuss one of our collection’s signature pieces – a silver presentation box by the firm of Fabergé, decorated with Egyptian figures, enameled coats of arms, and an engraved dedication to Baron Mestmacher.  What’s the story behind this coffer? Who was Baron Mestmacher and why did he receive this lavish gift? What does this object tell us about Fabergé’s creations?

In “Unlocking Baron Mestmacher’s Faberge Coffer” Michael and Nick will consider these questions and more during a livestream discussion. The coffer is currently undergoing conservation, resulting in new discoveries about techniques, construction, and design processes of the Fabergé firm. The livestream chat will be presented via Zoom and the Museum’s social media platforms. Submit your email to receive notifications on how to join the livestream.