Showcasing over 200 objects across three main sections, the exhibition tells the story of Carl Fabergé and his internationally recognised firm that symbolised Russian craftsmanship and elegance – an association further strengthened by its connection to the romance, glamour and tragedy of the Russian Imperial family.
The exhibition focuses on the relatively unknown Anglo-Russian nature of his enterprise, with his only branch outside of Russia opening in London in 1903. Royalty, aristocrats, American heiresses, exiled Russian Grand Dukes, Maharajas, financiers with newly-made fortunes, and socialites flocked to the boutique to buy gifts of unparalleled luxury for each other. Fabergé works were as popular in Britain as they were in Russia.
Take a look around the exhibition which includes the largest display of the legendary Imperial Easter Eggs in a generation, several of which are being shown in the UK for the first time.
★★★★ – They're [Imperial Easter Eggs] worth the wait, but it's what comes before – a neatly put-together show that highlights not just Peter Carl Fabergé's glorious creative vision but also the genuinely stratospheric heights to which his artists and artisans rose in the pursuit of beauty – that actually blows your mind.
★★★★ – A beautiful, extravagant show that leaves the best to last.
★★★★★ – exhibition far outshines eggs-pectations
★★★★ – a fascinating look at those iconic eggs