Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars
Source: Houston Museum of Natural Science
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Discover the spectacular designs of Carl Fabergé, a master goldsmith and legendary jeweler who is still celebrated for his inventive design and meticulous craftsmanship. Perhaps best known for the Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family, the House of Fabergé also fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe as well as other wealthy patrons.
Marvel at exquisite objects produced by the Fabergé workshop at its peak, including personal gifts to the Tsar and Tsarina, an extravagant tiara, magnificent "fire-screen" picture frame, and the famed Nobel Ice Egg, a stunning piece that is one of the few Imperial-styled eggs in private hands. From elegantly simple to breathtakingly ornate, the jewelry, clocks, picture frames, boxes and eggs in this collection were thoughtfully selected to exemplify extraordinary materials and workmanship.
In recent years, the McFerrin Collection has become one of the world's most important private collections of Fabergé. While many of the pieces in this collection have been featured individually in other exhibitions and publications over the past 60 years, this event marks the first time that the McFerrin Collection has been presented for public display.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Carl Fabergé was a master goldsmith and a legendary jeweler. Some of the most rare and spectacular masterpieces he created are on display in Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
This piece, a jeweled enameled Fabergé presentation egg, is also referred to as the Snowflake Egg. The shell is ingeniously enameled and engraved to simulate the tracery of frost against a misted ground. It opens to reveal a 'surprise' jeweled, rock crystal and diamond pendent watch. This design was made specifically for Dr. Nobel and interpreted in other jewelry pieces by Fabergé. Dr. Nobel gave these as favors at his dinner parties. Several examples of these 'ice jewels' are included in the exhibition.
The McFerrin Collection also contains carved, jewel encrusted and enameled eggs in many other forms including seals, scent bottles, cosmetic cases and pendants, a pink sapphire and diamond brooch, as well as cigarette and cosmetic cases, clocks, picture frames and other objects from the workshops of Fabergé.