“The Sandoz Collection”, an exhibition of the extraordinary holdings of the Swiss family that founded the chemical company of that name at A La Vieille Russie on Fifth Avenue, presents 60 objets d’art.
Dating from 1798 to 1908, the exhibits, which include watches, figures, boxes, peacocks, a bird cage, a pistol shooting perfume and a mirror in four colours of gold, are adorned with rubies, diamonds and emeralds.
Some of the objects are mechanical and musical. Included are Imperial swan and peacock eggs by Peter Carl Fabergé owned by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and her mother-in-law, Maria, which have never before been seen in public.
Faberge Museum to Open in St. Petersburg Topic: Faberge
Peter Carl Faberge
A museum dedicated to the creator of the famous Faberge eggs will open in St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum as part of the festivities marking the 250th anniversary of the Hermitage in 2014, museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky said.
The Museum of Peter Carl Faberge, to be housed in a refurbished exhibition hall of the western wing of the General Staff Building, will include works by Faberge and jewelry items from the Hermitage collection. From time to time private collections will also be displayed.
"It will an exhibition of the legendary Russian jeweler and his contemporaries. We will also present contemporary jewelry and workds from precious and semi-precious stones," Piotrovsky said.
JTI Company, a Hermitage sponsor, will provide financial support for the Faberge museum and will also provide assistance in training museum employees.
The General Staff Building is situated directly across from the Hermitage on historic Palace Square, was designed by Carlo Rossi and built between 1819-1829.
British Royals Visit Faberge Exhibition Topic: Faberge
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duchess of Cambridge recently toured the rooms at Buckingham Palace to view an exhibit which includes the Royal Faberge collection. The exhibit is part of the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace Tour, which runs 23 July to 3 October.
Over 100 masterpieces by the greatest Russian jeweller of all time, Carl Fabergé, will go on public display in a large-scale exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace.
Entitled Royal Fabergé, the selection tracks down six successive generations of the British Royal Family, from Queen Victoria to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, shaping what is now considered to be “the finest collection of Fabergé in the world – unparalleled in size, range and quality.”
Among the highlights created by Fabergé, the famous goldsmith of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a cigarette case which was once given to King Edward VII as a 40th wedding anniversary present by his sister-in-law, the Dowager Tsarina Maria Feodorovna.
Another must-see item with rich history is the so-called “Imperial presentation box”. According to art historians, in the hierarchy of state gifts presented by the Tsar, gem-set presentation boxes with miniature portraits of the Tsar or the imperial couple were reserved only for monarchs, non-royal heads of state and very selectively, to high-ranking officials at home and abroad.
Lavishly decorated in dark green enamel, with ten brilliant-cut diamonds, the box on display is said to be one of the last imperial presentation boxes ever to have been given on behalf of the Tsar. There is a miniature of Tsar Nicholas II in the center of the lid where he is featured wearing a uniform of the 4th Imperial Family Rifle Guards and the Order of St George, which he received on October 25, 1915. The ledgers in the imperial cabinet archives reveal that the miniature was allocated on May 5, 1917, almost two months after the Tsar’s official abdication.
Despite political instability in Russia, the box managed to reach its intended recipient who was a member of the French Academy. Queen Mary later acquired it and gave it to King George V on his birthday, on June 3, 1934.
Antiques Auction to be Held in St. Petersburg Topic: Faberge
An auction of Russian art and antiques is to be held in the early part of June in St. Petersburg.
A special place in the auction will be held by a collection of icons which were made between the XVI and XX centuries.
One of the top lots will be a gift ring created in honor of the 300 year anniversary of the Romanov's workshop for Carl Faberge. The ring is made of gold with a silver lining in the form of a double-headed eagle.
In addition to the the previous items, painitings and antiques will be offered including tea and coffee services from the middle of the XIX century.
The Vatican Museums have opened their doors to the beautiful works of Fabergé, the jeweler of the Romanov Court and European aristocracy. In an exhibition of 140 pieces from the best Russian jewelry in the past hundred years.
Faberge Exhibition to Open Next Week in Vatican Topic: Faberge
The private collection of Carl Faberge jewelry that belongs to The Link of Times Foundation will open in the Vatican late last week.
"For the first time ever The Link of Times cultural-historical foundation will offer the worlds largest private collection of the great Russian jeweler Carl Faberge. Faberge. Holy Images exhibition will be held in the Rafael Hall of the Vatican Museum from April 15 to June 11, 2011," organizers of the exhibition told Interfax on Monday.
There will be over 140 Faberge items on display in the Vatican exhibit. Up until now the foundation The Link of Times has exhibited only 80 items from its collection.
The exhibition will include masterpieces of the Romanov family's court jeweler including nine imperial Easter eggs - Alexander III and Nicholas II gifts to their wives on Easter, the egg The 15th Jubilee of Reign with miniature watercolor scenes of main historical events of the19th-20th centuries, the Coronation egg of 1897.
Russian businessman Viktor Vekselberg told Interfax that The Link of Times Foundation spent over a year in talks with Vatican regarding the organization of the Faberge exhibition at the Vatican Museum. The lengthy negotiating period was due to the high requirements set by the museum for the collection, he said.
"The collection for exposition was selected by Vatican specialists, it includes 180 exhibits showing Russia's history and the tragic history of the Imperial family, because some objects were commissioned by Nicholas II who was murdered," the businessman said.
In 2004 Vekselberg acquired private collection of Faberge items from a family of American media magnates. According to unofficial data the cost of the sale was about 100 million dollars.
A La Vieille Russie will Exhibit Items by Faberge at the TEFAF Maastricht 2011 Topic: Faberge
A La Vieille Russie, New York
A La Vieille Russie, the New York art and antiques gallery that counts among the world’s leaders in antique jewellery and Russian works of art, will exhibit exquisite items by Fabergé, as well as a very rare English necklace, at the TEFAF Maastricht 2011, The European Fine Art Fair that opens on March 18.
Among the highlights are two elegant enamel Fabergé frames, as well as a French 18th century lacquer box, and a Victorian garnet and diamond necklace and earrings. Other highlights include a great collection of Russian cloisonné enamel, featuring significant commemorative pieces.
"We always bring top representative examples of what we sell in the gallery in New York, with a focus on European antique jewelry, snuff boxes and objets de vertu, and of course Fabergé," said Mark Schaffer, a partner in A La Vieille Russie (ALVR).
"The Victorian garnet and diamond necklace and earrings have a rich earthy wine color that you want to see in a Victorian garnet suite,’’ said Mr. Schaffer. ``It is increasingly difficult to find such exquisite antique jewelry, and this is reflected in the six-figure price of this striking suite."
ALVR’s stand is completely re-designed and updated, meant to be a jewel-like microcosm of its New York space. In fact, this year is its 17th exhibiting at TEFAF, making it one of the longest-exhibiting US dealers at the fair.
"We participate in TEFAF because it continues to be the fair with the greatest depth and breadth of artworks," said Mr. Schaffer. "From around the world, polymaths with a passion for art, and for collecting, arrive to visit TEFAF’s critical mass of offerings in any number of fields, from Old Master pictures, to Modern art, to Modern design, to Works on Paper, to Antiquities, to Antiques."
In the 160 years since its founding, ALVR has bought and sold countless Fabergé pieces, including many Imperial Easter Eggs. ALVR was key in creating some of the leading Fabergé collections, including the Forbes Magazine Collection, now partially owned by Victor Vekselberg. Other clients included Grand Duchesses Ksenia and Olga, sisters of Nicholas II, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and King Farouk. Works from the gallery are loaned to museums around the world and exhibited regularly.