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Fabulous Fabergé, Jeweller to the Tsars

July 16, 2014 • Jewels & Watches

During the summer, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts will exhibit an exceptional collection of pieces by Pierre-Karl Fabergé, Russian jeweller now legendary. The event will display his most famous pieces, the Fabergé eggs.

 

The Fabergé Eggs, an exceptional work of art

The famed Russian jeweller, Pierre-Karl Fabergé made himself known across the world with his famous eggs, created during his careers for the Russian Royal Family, the Romanovs. Manufactured from precious materials, they are a symbol of precise techniques and savoir-faire. Today, they are considered inescapable pieces of the luxury craft industry.

Precious stones, crystals, gold and silver were used by the jeweller to make the eggs. He created 50 of them, however only 43 remain. The Montréal Museum of Fine Arts offers visitors a chance to set their eyes on 4 of these little wonders, from the Pratt collection.

The exhibit is highly secured for this occasion. The Museum’s director Nathalie Bondil explains that the eggs took about a year to create due to the ingenuity and skill used, making them a rarity equivalent to that of a Vermeer painting.

 

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The exhibit Fabulous Fabergé

Aside from the 4 Fabergé Eggs displayed, visitors will also have the opportunity of appreciating the jeweller’s talent through 240 other pieces. The rooms designed by Hubert Le Gall are modern, creating a wonderful contrast with the jewels.

The exhibit is divided in four distinct rooms, each not only showing the jeweller’s talent but also describing through his pieces, Russian history. A room is devoted to the four eggs in order to explain the significance and their symbolism.

During the visit, it will be possible to watch a documentary on Fabergé directed by the BBC.

Like most famous artworks, there have been many forgeries done of the Fabergé Eggs, especially around the 1930s. This aspect of the Fabergé Eggs’ history is not forgotten by the exhibit.

 

The exhibit Fabulous Fabergé will be taking place at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts until October 5th.

 

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