Past Exhibition Ran from 20 November 2021 to 8 May 2022

Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution

This exhibition is now closed at V&A South Kensington

This exhibition explored master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – the man behind the internationally recognised firm symbolising Russian craftsmanship and luxury – and the opening of a London branch in 1903.

Exhibition Highlights

Photograph of the front aspect of the Faberge shop premises in London
Fabergé's premises at 173 New Bond Street in 1911. Image Courtesy of The Fersman Mineralogical Museum, Moscow and Wartski, London
Cigar case with image of the houses of parliament on the lid
Cigar Box with a view of the Houses of Parliament, by Fabergé, chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom, 1908. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
Silver statuette of a horse called Persimmon on a green nephrite stand
Statuette of Persimmon, by Fabergé, 1908. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
Pink enamel rose with green leaves standing in a clear rock crystal vase
Painted enamel rose with nephrite leaves standing in a rock crystal pot, from Fabergé's London stock when the branch closed in 1917. © Wartski, London
Four rabbits carved in brown and orange coloured agate with gemstone eyes
Doe and three baby rabbits, by Fabergé, about 1907. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
Blue enamel cigarette case with diamonds set in the shape of a snake
Cigarette case, by Fabergé, 1908. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
Octagonal drop pendant set with diamonds that look like ice formations.
‘Ice crystal' pendant, by Fabergé, workmaster Albert Holmström, designer Alma Pihl. Courtesy of the McFerrin Foundation, Houston
Green egg with diamond detailing
Diamond Trellis Egg, 1891 – 2. © Courtesy of the McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Sciences
gold egg on a gold stand with clock inside, shown open
Third Imperial Egg presented by Emperor Alexander III to Empress Maria Feodorovn in Easter 1887, made by chief workmaster August Holmström for Fabergé, 1886 – 7, St Petersburg. © Private Collection
Silver cigar cutter in the shape of a carp
Silver cigar cutter, modelled as a carp, made by chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom for Fabergé, about 1908, St Petersburg. © Courtesy of the Woolf Family and Wartski, London
Clear crystal egg, shown open, on a gold stand, with a peacock on a branch inside
Peacock Egg presented by Emperor Nicholas II to Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna in Easter 1908, made by Chief workmaster Henrik Wigstrom for Fabergé, 1907 – 8, St Petersburg
Figure of a Cossack man
Kamer Kazak, or Chamber Cossack, Nikolai Nikolaievich Pustynnikov, personal bodyguard to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, made by chief workmaster Henrik Wigstrom for Fabergé, 1912, St Petersburg
White/silver egg with frosty detailing to evoke icicles and snowflakes. Diamonds.
Winter Egg, 1912 – 13, designed by Alma Pihl. © Private Collection

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Background image: Painted enamel rose with nephrite leaves standing in a rock crystal pot, from Fabergé's London stock when the branch closed in 1917. © Wartski, London