Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg
|Established||19 November 2013|
|Location||21, Fontanka River Embankment, Saint Petersburg, Russia|
|Collection size||over 4,000 items|
|Owner||The Link of Times Cultural-Historical Foundation|
The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg 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. The museum is located in the center of Saint Petersburg at Shuvalov Palace (21, Fontanka River Embankment) on the Fontanka River. 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.
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 Viktor Vekselberg in 2004 of a unique collection of Fabergé masterpieces that had been owned by the late Malcolm Forbes. 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. 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.
The Fabergé Museum's collection has nine Imperial Easter eggs that were made to the order of the last two Romanov Tsars. 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.
List of Imperial Easter eggs
- First Hen egg
- Renaissance egg
- Rosebud egg
- Coronation egg
- Lilies of the Valley egg
- Cockerel egg
- Fifteenth Anniversary egg
- Bay Tree egg
- Order of St. George egg
List of other Fabergé eggs
- Kelch Hen egg
- Kelch Chanticleer egg
- Duchess of Marlborough egg
- Resurrection egg
- Scandinavian egg
- Spring Flowers egg
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