Royal Faberge Exhibition London

The 1914 Mosaic Egg. A gift from Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra. Now part of the collection of HM Queen Elizabeth II

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The Royal Faberge exhibition London event takes place at Buckingham Palace over the summer of 2011 as part of the annual opening of the State Rooms. Bringing together a stunning range of eggs and jewel encrusted boxes, this is your chance to see close up some of the most famous ornamental design from the 19th and 20th century.

Royal Faberge exhibition

London gets a sneaky peak at the Queen's home every year as the summer opening of Buckingham Palace allows the hoi polloi in behind the scenes of pomp and ceremony. For 2011, the special summer exhibition focuses on the work of Peter Carl Faberge, Russian jeweller and goldsmith, whose unmatched reputation for creating exquisitely detailed pieces was inextricably linked with the Imperial Romanov family.

Royal approval

Having followed in the footsteps of his father, Faberge took over the family business in 1872 and began a career that would see his designs in some of the most influential houses in Europe. Appointed official Supplier to the Imperial Court of Russia in 1885, the patronage of the Romanovs was key to his success and to his pieces becoming renowned across the royal families of Holland and Britain as well.

In the Royal Faberge exhibition at Buckingham Palace, visitors can see a huge selection of Easter Eggs, boxes, carvings and ornaments that has been created by successive generations of the British Royal Family.

Decorative jewels Creating works in enamel, using multicoloured gold decoration and carved semi precious stones, the pieces created by Faberge were inspired by a range of sources including antinquity, Oriental art, Louis XV art, Art Nouveau and old Russia. Bringing together these varying styles gave the jewellery and decorative works their own unique style, which was much favoured by the British royals at the end of the 19th century and beyond. On show in the Royal Faberge exhibition are pieces onces owned by Edward VII, George V and his wife Queen Mary, and the Queen Mother.

The Royal Faberge Exhibition takes place at Buckingham Palace, London, England, from Monday 1st August - Sunday 25th September 2011.

Sources: View London
11 March, 2011