Wednesday, June 11, 2014



June 14 - October 5, 2014

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting the most important Fabergé collection outside Russia in an exclusive Canadian venue. 

The Russian jeweller Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) created precious objects for the Russian Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The name of the Fabergé firm became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship and luxury jewellery. It is also associated with the final days of the Russian imperial family.

The exhibition features some 240 objects, including four of the most famous Royal Fabergé Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs, the Czar Nicholas II. They are all unique, one of the kind, as is the case of all Fabergé objects.

Below is a photo of a Fabergé Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg with the Russian imperial double-headed eagle with the royal crown above it.

Large Fabergé eggs have a "surprise" inside them. The royal blue and golden egg's "surprise" is a diamond-clad royal double-headed eagle with the portrait of the imperial heir, Prince Alexei, son of the Czar Nicholas II. The royal crown hovers above the prince's head, yet he was never destined to become a king because all the royal family was murdered right after the Russian revolution.

Below is another Fabergé egg featured at the exhibition. It is Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg. It has on the outside two portraits: one is of the Russian Czar Peter the Great (Peter I), the other is the portrait of the last Russian Czar Nicholas II. Inside, there is a miniature replica of the Saint Petersburg's large sculpture of Peter the Great on a horseback.

Below is a detail of the Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg.

The exhibition also features enamelled picture frames, clocks, gold cigarette cases and knobs for walking canes, rock-crystal flowers, caskets and brooches encrusted with rubies. They still continue to fascinate as they did when they first appeared in the windows of the Fabergé stores in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, and London.

This exhibition was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition features a wealth of documentation on the history and tradition of the Orthodox Russia, the techniques of the House of Fabergé, and also those who forged Fabergé works.

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For more information, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts's website:

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