The World of Fabergé
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As part of the Austro-Russian Cultural Season, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is hosting a major exhibition that showcases both the work of Carl Fabergé, the period’s leading and most influential Russian jeweller, and the decorative arts in Imperial Russia at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition is on view until May 18th, 2014. Images courtesy of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien.
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The house of Fabergé is best known for the Imperial Easter eggs that Peter Carl Fabergé and his workmasters created for the Russian Imperial family – one of the reasons why he was known as the “Cellini of the North”. Egg with model of the cruiser “Memory of Azov” Presented by Emperor Alexander III to his wife, Maria Feodorovna at Easter 1891 Saint Petersburg, 1891 House of C. Fabergé, Artist: M. Perkhin. Heliotrope, aquamarine, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, gold, ruby, platinum, silver, velvet egg: 9,3 х 7 cm, model: h. 4 cm, l.7 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
The egg contains a miniature working model of a train of the Trans-Siberian Railway. “Trans-Siberian Railway” Egg. Presented by Emperor Nicholas II to his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, at Easter 1900 Saint Petersburg, 1900. House of C. Fabergé, Artist: M. Perkhin Gold, platinum, partly-gilt silver, rose-cut diamonds, ruby, onyx, crystal glass, wood, silk, velvet, enamel on guilloché ground, filigree enamel, egg: h. 26 cm, train: l. 39,8 cm, wagon: h. 2,6 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
“The Moscow Kremlin” egg bearing the star sign of the doomed Crown Prince Tsarevich was a poignant symbol of the fall of the House of Romanov. “The Moscow Kremlin" Egg, Presented by Emperor Nicholas II to his wife, Alexandra Feodorovna, at Easter 1906 Saint Petersburg, between 1904 and 1906. House of C. Fabergé, Gold, silver, onyx, glass, glimmer, enamel of guilloche ground, enamel paint, oil paint, h. 36,1 cm (incl. base), base: 18,5 х 18,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
“Constellation” egg features the Tsarevich’s star sign. This was the last egg ever begun by Fabergé but events in the course of the Great War and the outbreak of the Russian Revolution in February 1917 prevented its completion.
Cigarette case, Presented by the Dowager-Empress Maria Feodorovna to Emperor Nicholas II at Christmas 1897 Saint Petersburg, 1897. Firm: K. Hahn, Artist: C. Blank, Gold, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, almandine, enamel on guilloché ground, 8,5 х 5,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site. In addition to the four Easter eggs by Fabergé, the exhibition showcases personal objects that belonged to members of the Russian Imperial family. Among them are precious objects for every-day use such as cigarette cases, objects to be placed on a writing desk, seals and fans.
A particular focus of this exhibition is on a section of the decorative arts-production that flourished at this exalted level only in Russia - hardstone carving. Small Cup, Saint Petersburg. House of C. Fabergé, artist: Mihail Perhin, moss agate, silver, stone carving, gilt 7,5 x 6 x 6 cm © Fersman Mineralogical Museum.
Pine, entwined with Wisteria, Saint Petersburg. 1908–1917, House of C. Fabergé, artist: F. Afanasiev, gold, silver, emeralds, jade, onyx marble, noble serpentine(bowenite), h. 21,5 cm © Fersman Mineralogical Museum.
Casket, Saint Petersburg,1898-1903. House of C. Fabergé, artist: Yu. A. Rappopo, silver, 27 x 16.8 x 28 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Geese, Saint Petersburg, early 20th century, House of C. Fabergé, rock crystal with a gold chain, rhinestone diamonds, rubies, stone carving, h. 8 cm © Fersman Mineralogical Museum.
French Bulldog Figurine, Saint Petersburg, late 19th / early 20th century, House of C. Fabergé, Citrine, sapphires, gold, 4 х 2 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Flower "Pansies" in Crystal Glass, Gift from Tsar Nicholas II to his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna on their tenth wedding anniversary, Saint Petersburg, 1904, House of C. Fabergé, Artist: H. Wigström, gold, rose-cut diamonds, rock crystal, glass, ivory, bone, enamel, water colours, h. 15,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Reserve Soldier, Saint Petersburg, House of C. Fabergé, artist: P.M. Kremlev and G. Savitskij, gold, silver, jasper, ophicalcite, pegmatite, h. 17 cm © Fersman Mineralogical Museum.
Cup, Saint Petersburg, between 1899 and 1904, House of C. Fabergé, workshop: A. Nevalainen, silver, moonstones, enamel on guilloché ground, gilt, h. (with handle) 5,5 cm, 3,8 cm in diam. © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Notebook, Saint Petersburg, 1908–1917, House of C. Fabergé, Artist: H. Wigström, platinum, gold, silver, pearls, leather, paper, moiré, enamel on guilloché ground, painted enamel, 8,7 х 6 х 1 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Jar, Crystal glass: Western Europe, late 19th / early 20th century, Setting: Moscow between 1899 and 1908, House of C. Fabergé, cut glass, silver, ruby, sapphire, glass grinding, gilt, h. 28,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Kovsh (traditional drinking vessel or ladle), Moscow between 1908 and 1917, House of C. Fabergé, artist: F. Rückert, silver, filligre enamel, painted enamel, amalgam, gilt, h. 11,4 cm, l. 15,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Kovsh (traditional drinking vessel or ladle), Moscow between 1899 and 1908, House of C. Fabergé, artist: F. Rückert, silver, filigree enamel with additionally painted enamel, l. 9 cm, h. (with handle) 2,6 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Pectoral Cross, Saint Petersburg, between 1899 and 1908, House of C. Fabergé, artist: August Hollming, gold, almandines, pearls, enamel on guilloché ground, painted enamel, 13,6 х 8 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Brooch-pendant on a Chain, Saint-Petersburg, early 20th century, The House of Fabergé, platinum, gold, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, pearls, 5 х 2,7 cm (brooch-pendant), l. (chain), 47 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Pendant, Moscow, early 20th century, House of C. Fabergé, silver alloy, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, emerald, 6 x 4,8 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Brooch, Russia, late 19th - early 20th century, gold, platinum, base metal, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, emeralds, pearls, 9 х 6,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Brooch: Tortoise, Saint Petersburg, third quarter of 19th century, gold, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, sapphire, 6,7 х 4,5 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
Brooch, Moscow, 1899 - 1908, House of C. Fabergé, gold, silver, brilliants, rose-cut diamonds, sapphires, 2,4 х 2,4 cm © The Moscow Kremlin State Historical and Cultural Museum and Heritage Site.
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