The Hodges Family Collection

The Frick Museum, Pittsburgh, PA.
23 October, 2011 - 15 January, 2012

The Bismarck Box. Courtesy The Hodges Family Collection

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The Frick Pittsburgh is proud to present the first major exhibition of Fabergé objects to be shown in Pittsburgh. Be among the first to see more than 100 objects made by the renowned House of Fabergé, led by Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920), goldsmith and jeweler to the Russian court. All works are from the Hodges Family Collection, the first significant collection of Fabergé assembled in America in decades.

Fabergé created an extensive array of decorative items for wealthy Russian and European patrons. From fine jewelry to photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks, cigarette cases, and smoking accessories, the consummate skill of the House of Fabergé is evident in the ingenious use of precious and semi-precious materials to create luxury objects of the highest order. The story of Fabergé is one of luxury and extravagance brought to an abrupt end by revolution. In 1918, following the establishment of the Bolshevik Soviet Republic, Peter Carl Fabergé and most of his family escaped to Switzerland. Many of Fabergé’s wealthy Russian patrons also fled the country, taking what treasures they could with them. In the years since, as objects have made their way into auction houses and marketplaces, the allure of Fabergé has only grown, as collectors have sought out his spectacular and fascinating creations.

To complement this exhibition, the Frick will display select items from its collection of fine 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century Russian decorative arts, including an enameled tea set made by A.I. Kuzmichev, purchased by Henry Clay Frick through Tiffany & Co. in 1894, and Russian silver purchased by Helen Clay Frick.

The Frick Museum
Pittsburgh, PA.

October 23rd - January 15th, 2012

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