Fabergé: From the Romanovs to Royalty. Assembling the British Royal Collection of a Russian Master Goldsmith
An online lecture by Caroline de Guitaut
The British Royal Collection contains the pre-eminent collection of works by the Russian master goldsmith and jeweler, Carl Fabergé. 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. This lecture will explore the history of The British Royal Collection, entwined with the dynastic links between the Romanovs and the British royal family, and will examine the stories behind some of the most important pieces in the collection.
About the Speaker
Caroline de Guitaut is Deputy Surveyor of The Queen’s Works of Art at Royal Collection Trust, where she has worked for more than twenty-five years. She is responsible for a collection of decorative art including arms and armor, furniture, sculpture, fashion and textiles, silver, porcelain and jewelry which numbers over 700,000 works of art, dating from the sixteenth century to the present day, housed in 13 royal palaces and residences. Curator of numerous Royal Collection exhibitions and author of accompanying catalogues, her most recent major publication was Russia: Art, Royalty and the Romanovs (2018). Her expertise covers jewelry, fashion and textiles and Russian decorative art, particularly Fabergé. She is currently engaged in writing a catalogue raisonné of Fabergé in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen. Caroline is a Trustee of the Hermitage Foundation UK, the Royal School of Needlework, and the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust.
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