THE TSAR'S CABINET:
Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts
Under the Romanovs

Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada. 13 October, 2011 - 8 January, 2012

More than 160 objects vividly illustrate the majesty and luxury of Imperial Russian culture during the Romanov reign

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The Tsars’ Cabinet features a selection of imperial Russian porcelain and decorative arts drawn from an important private American collection. With more than 160 objects ranging from porcelain dinner services and glass wares to decorative enamel and silver wares, the exhibition vividly illustrates the majesty and luxury of imperial Russian culture during the Romanov reign.

The artworks in the exhibition are grouped according to the tsars under whose reigns they were made, and are interpreted to help visitors understand the history of Russia during the Romanov period. For example, objects from the reign of Peter the Great are used to illuminate Russia’s early engagement with the West, while objects from Catherine the Great’s reign are used to illustrate Russia’s involvement in the Enlightenment.

Most of the objects in the exhibition were specifically designed for and used by the tsars and members of the Russian imperial family. The pieces include magnificent examples of works from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the Imperial Glassworks, and the private firms of Fabergé and Ovichinnikov. Many of the objects are extremely rare and offer one of the best opportunities to see outstanding imperial Russian art outside of Russia.

The Tsars’ Cabinet is a traveling exhibition that was originally organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. It is being traveled in North America by International Arts and Artists. The Gardiner Museum is the only scheduled Canadian venue for the exhibition.

The Gardiner Museum
111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario

October 13th - January 8th, 2012

Source & Copyright: Gardiner Museum Press Release
5 September, 2011