Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Музей Фаберже в Санкт-Петербурге
Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg 01.JPG
Established 19 November 2013 (2013-11-19)
Location Saint Petersburg, Russia
Coordinates 59°56′05″N 30°20′34″E / 59.9347°N 30.3429°E / 59.9347; 30.3429Coordinates: 59°56′05″N 30°20′34″E / 59.9347°N 30.3429°E / 59.9347; 30.3429
Collection size over 4,000 items
Founder Viktor Vekselberg
Director Vladimir Voronchenko
Owner The Link of Times Cultural-Historical Foundation
Website fabergemuseum.ru
The museum's main staircase

The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, is a privately owned museum which was established by Viktor Vekselberg and his Link of Times foundation in order to repatriate lost cultural valuables to Russia.[1] The museum is located in the center of Saint Petersburg at Shuvalov Palace (21, Fontanka River Embankment) on the Fontanka River.[2] The museum's collection contains more than 4,000 works of decorative applied and fine arts, including gold and silver items, paintings, porcelain and bronze. A highlight of the museum's collection is the group of nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Fabergé for the last two Russian Tsars.

History of the museum[edit]

The idea of creating a special museum devoted to the creative work of the great Russian jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé came to the Link of Times foundation after the purchase by Vekselberg in 2004 of a unique collection of Fabergé masterpieces that had been owned by the late Malcolm Forbes.[3] Since then, the Link of Times foundation began building a collection of Russian decorative applied and fine arts, which contains more than 4,000 works. All of the Imperial Easter eggs in the museum's collection are connected to the rule and personal life of the last two Russian emperors — Alexander III and Nicolas II.

The Link of Times foundation began restoring the 18th-century Shuvalov Palace (which is rented by the foundation) in St. Petersburg in 2006, with the goal of opening the museum in the palace.[4] A significant amount of work was done over seven years to recreate the historical appearance of the palace. This was the first full-fledged restoration of the palace in its entire 200-year history. The official opening ceremony of the Fabergé Museum took place on 19 November 2013.[5]

The collection[edit]

The Fabergé Museum's collection has nine Imperial Easter eggs that were made to the order of the last two Romanov Tsars — the Emperors Alexander III and Nicolas II. The eggs were bought by Vekselberg in 2004 from the family of the American newspaper magnate Malcolm Forbes. He purchased them just before they came up for auction, paying $100 million for the Forbes family's entire Fabergé collection.[6]

In total, there are fifteen Fabergé eggs in the Blue Room of Shuvalov Palace, as well as a miniature picture frame in the form of a heart — the surprise from the lost Mauve egg of 1897.[7]

List of Imperial Easter eggs[edit]

List of other Fabergé eggs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Page". The Link of Times foundation. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "A museum for the world's most expensive eggs". WorldGuide. Archived from the original on 19 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  3. ^ Emily Laurence Baker (5 July 2014). "Fabergé Museum: The jewels in St Petersburg's crown". The Independent. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  4. ^ Fabergé Museum - General Information, Fabergé Museum website, retrieved March 6, 2015
  5. ^ The Fabergé Museum has officially opened in the Shuvalov Palace in St. Petersburg, Official website of the Link of Times foundation, retrieved March 6, 2015
  6. ^ Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg, Guide to St Petersburg Russia - StPetersburgRussia.ru, retrieved June 6, 2015
  7. ^ "Absolutely Fabergé: Easter eggs with a difference". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 15 August 2014.

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