Exhibitions Archive - Victorian/19th century
Exquisite Artistry: Victorian jewellery designs by the firm of John Brogden
Among the V&A’s rich collection of design drawings are over 1500 designs for jewellery and goldsmiths’ work by the celebrated firm of John Brogden. Renowned for their outstanding goldwork, the firm produced pieces in an eclectic range of styles using highly sophisticated techniques to satisfy the demanding and discerning 19th-century consumer market.
19/02/2019 - 17/11/2019
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL, UK
A Newly Ordered World. Jewellery from the Napoleonic Era
Napoleon Bonaparte, whose 250th anniversary occurs in 2019, reorganized the European world in many respects. This provides the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim with the opportunity for a special exhibition on the new type of jewellery and fashion that characterized the Napoleonic era. These are Classicism as the "Style of Revolution" and the decorative Empire style that spread throughout western Europe as far as Russia. The values of the Enlightenment demanded an aesthetic of reason. It met the taste of a growing, self-confident and educated bourgeoisie and influenced all areas of culture - from architecture and painting, furniture, clothing and jewellery to literature and music. The visual arts created a spiritual aristocracy, breaking the tradition of an hereditary nobility. Over the course of the reign of Napoleon, the Empire style unfolded its representative splendour. With works by Chaumet, Napoleon's court jeweller, jewellery from his environment will also be on display.
13/07/2019 - 31/10/2019
Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Jahnstraße 42, 75173 Pforzheim, Germany
Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry
Whether by directly copying or selectively choosing motifs to reinterpret, jewellers have a long-standing tradition of looking to the past for inspiration. The practice became popular in the 19th century, as designers like Castellani, Giacinto Melillo and Eugène Fontenay began reviving examples of ancient ornaments, newly unearthed in archaeological excavations. This exhibition examines more than 4,000 years of jewellery history through about 70 objects, including both ancient and revival examples. The revival movement is traced from the 19th to the 21st century, focusing on four types — archaeological, Classical, Egyptian and Renaissance. Highlights include an 1850s embellished gold brooch by Castellani; a Renaissance revival neck ornament (1900–04) designed for Tiffany & Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adorned with Macedonian coins; and a 2002 Akelo pendant that emulates an ancient Etruscan granulation technique.
14/02/2017 – 19/08/2019
Museum of Fine Arts, Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Designers and Jewellery 1850-1940: Jewellery and Metalwork from the Fitzwilliam Museum
Showcasing little-known treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s outstanding collection, this exhibition will celebrate exquisitely-designed and often hand-crafted jewellery and metalwork from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Encompassing a wide range of styles, from the complex and intricate historicist and Neo-Gothic, the naturalistic Arts & Crafts, the sinuous curves influenced by the European Art Nouveau movement to the structural modernity of the 1920s and 1930s, the exhibition will feature over 70 pieces by 20 designers. The sparkling display will include jewellery by some of the finest jewellers of the time including Castellani, Giuliano, Robert Phillips and John Brogden, as well as a spectacular decanter by William Burges. There are important pieces of jewellery and silver by the most famous of Arts & Crafts designers, including C.R. Ashbee, Henry Wilson, Gilbert Marks and John Paul Cooper, and unique jewellery designed by the artist Charles Ricketts, which holds a special place in the history of queer art in Britain, having been designed for the couple Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, known collectively as the author, Michael Field. Modern silver is represented by leaders of the field, Omar Ramsden and H. G. Murphy.
31/07/2018 – 11/11/2018
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1R, UK
Spectaculaire Second Empire, 1852-1870
A regime denigrated in its time and held in contempt after its fall, the Second Empire was, for a long time, associated with the decadence and superficiality of the "fête impériale". Against a background of social unrest, this prosperous era was a time of splendour and of economic euphoria, of ostentation and numerous lavish celebrations that are worth revisiting. To celebrate its 30th anniversary in autumn 2016, the Musée d’Orsay is looking at the entertainments and festivities of the Second Empire and at the different "stages" on which our modernity was invented. The exhibition’s thematic lay-out, with paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewellery side by side, creates a portrait of this prolific and brilliant era, so rich in contradictions.
27/09/2016 - 15/01/2017
Musée d'Orsay, 62, rue de Lille, 75343 Paris Cedex 07, France
Inside the Victorian Jewellery Box
A display of the wide range of Victorian jewellery from the museum’s collection. From the opulent pieces worn by a wealthy lady to the more affordable pieces that opened up fashion to those with less money. The display also explores the Victorian attachment to sentimental and mourning jewellery.
17/01/2015 – 6/09/2015
The Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2RY, UK
"In Eiserner Zeit”
During the Iron Age
During the "Iron Age" (War of Liberation) iron became a metaphor for the patriotic resistance against Napoleon and the pursuit of national renewal. In 1813 Frederick William III, King of Prussia, instigated the Iron Cross as an award in the fight against France. (Designer: Karl Friedrich Schinkel). During the First World War, the appeal to the population for sacrifice was renewed, but this time the call concerned the whole of Germany. "I gave gold for arms, I received iron in honour" was the inscription this time on the iron replacement jewellery, whose wearing effectivly demonstrated the old-new patriotism to the onlooker. This exhibition is a collaboration of the Museum Schloss Neu-Augustusburg in Weissenfels and the Kleihues-Bau Kornwestheim Museum. On display are over 100 exhibits on the subject, including a collection of patriotic iron jewellery from the collections of the Museum Weissenfels which have not previously been shown in public. Patriotic decorations and medals from the First World War provide a link into the 20th century.
22/02/2015 - 3/05/2015
Museum Schloss Neu-Augustusburg, Zeitzer Str. 4, 06667 Weißenfels, Germany
Masters of Design.
This exhibition will consist of hundreds of previously unseen drawings from one of the greatest collections of jewellery and silver designs in private hands. The drawings, many of which relate to styles seen in widely exhibited and celebrated jewels, will be presented together with magnificent jewels from Sotheby’s Geneva May sale and stunning vintage clothes handpicked by fashion expert William Banks-Blaney in order to recreate key aesthetic movements of the last two centuries, from 19th century and Belle Epoque to Art Deco and 1950s glamour. Assembled over decades by a European private collector, the collection includes over 3,000 drawings signed by the world’s most prestigious “maisons”, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Bolin, Boucheron, Rubel and Verdura. Charting almost a century of jewellery and silver design (1890-1960), this remarkable ensemble sheds light on the influence of major artistic movements, social and political changes on the evolution of jewellery. At the heart of this group are preparatory works for important commissions from Cartier, such as brooches made for A. Vanderbilt, a 1911 hair comb designed for K. Pulitzer, a Belle Epoque tiara designed for Princess Marie Bonaparte, Duchess of Camastra and a garland style tiara commissioned by the Comte Orloff. The collection also features very rare jewellery and silver drawings from C.E. Bolin and W.A. Bolin, court jewellers in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Stockholm. These include studies for precious objects engraved with the Russian Imperial Crown and the Swedish royal insignia. The exhibition, which will also feature studies for iconic designs, such as Cartier’s Tutti Frutti jewels and Van Cleef & Arpels’ Art Deco creations, will tell the story of the ‘unsung’ heroes of jewellery design, without whom some of the greatest jewels would never have happened, but whose work remains largely anonymous.
18/02/2016 – 8/03/2016
34-35 New Bond Street, London W1S 2RT, UK
Divines joailleries, l’art de Joseph Chaumet (1852-1928)
In 2005, with assistance from Fonds national du patrimoine, Fonds régional d’acquisition des musées (Région Bourgogne) and private donations, the City of Paray-le-Monial was able to enrich the museum with 'Via Vitae' (the Way of Life), a monumental work by the goldsmith and jeweller Joseph Chaumet of Paris 1852-1928), made between 1894 and 1904. This major acquisition for the national heritage is classified as a National Treasure. Following this memorable acquisition, the exhibition "Divine jewellery. The Art of Joseph Chaumet (1852-1928)" is the opportunity to gather around the treasure other works by the goldsmith and unprecedented documentation. The participation of Chaumet International, and exceptional loans of Christus Vincit, gold medal winner at the 1900 World's Fair, the crowns of Hyeres and Montligeon, silver works from the Museum St. Nicolas de Vitre, and objects from private collections including documents and art in possession of the family, all contribute to make this an unprecedented exhibtion.
14/06/2014 - 4/01/2015
Musée du Hiéron, 13, rue de la Paix 71600 - Paray-le-Monial, Saône-et-Loire, France
Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris & his legacy 1860 - 1960
This exhibition explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired. Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the display features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. These will be innovatively showcased alongside remarkable books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951.
16/10/2014 – 11/01/2015
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE, UK
Ricordi in micromosaico. Vedute e paesaggi per i viaggiatori del Grand Tour
Micromosaic souvenirs. Views and landscapes of the Grand Tour
This exhibition, curated by Chiara Stefani, will show about 40 different types of objects (pictures, snuff boxes, plaques, jewellery), all made of micro-mosaics. Between the second half of the 18th and early 19th century, this technique, became an irreplaceable vector in the spread of the most famous views sought by foreign travelers along the route of the Grand Tour. The works on display, mostly unpublished, come from private Italian and foreign collections, from the Napoleonic Museum and the Vatican Museums, as well as documenting the spread of these particular views of the peninsula, reveal the enduring influence, in the 18th and 19th centuries, of the 17th-century landscape tradition of classical and romantic aspects. Views, first with ruins, and then with picturesque and romantic scenery, therfore became the subjects most frequently treated by Roman mosaics. Their flourishing production contributed to the transposition of views from the public domain to a private function.
16/12/2011 - 10/06/2012
Casa Museo Mario Praz, Rome, Italy
Japonisme: from Falize to Fabergé - the goldsmith and Japan
This exhibition, spanning the fifty years from 1867 to 1917, is the first devoted to the influence of Japanese works of art on Western jewellers and goldsmiths including Falize, Boucheron, Fouquet, Gaillard, Vever, Lalique, Cartier, Tiffany, Gorham, Elkington, Wolfers, and Fabergé. Some 160 jewels, objects and original designs assembled from public and private collections will be shown alongside photographs of related Japanese source material. Amongst the loans are a centrepiece by Boucheron featuring a Japanese boy painting a screen, a diamond-set corsage ornament by Vever composed of a spray of cherry blossom measuring 29 cm, a winter landscape pendant by Lalique framed by ice-laden conifers, a brooch in the form of a chrysanthemum set with Mississippi pearls by Tiffany, and a hardstone Japanese flower study poised on a miniature table by Fabergé.
10/05/2011 – 20/05/2011
Wartski, London, UK
This exhibition explores the world of costume jewelry and beaded garments from early Victorian times through 1970. We will display hair jewelry, Whitby jet, bogwood, vulcanite and, of course, glass beads as well as costumes and beaded fragments of lace. At the turn of the 20th century the use of plastics begins with the popularity of Bakelite and Czech glass and Venetian beads are everywhere. We have tried to include the community in this exhibit and have many beaded pieces of costume jewelry from our members and friends of The Bead Museum. The goal of Family Jewels is to engage the community in the discovery of their family heritage through their family heirlooms, jewelry and beaded adornment.
24/09/2010 – 31/07/2011
The Bead Museum, Glendale, AZ 85301, USA
This exhibition showcases the Museum's important collection of Victorian costume jewellery. Amongst the accessories on display there will be delicately carved bog-oak jewellery that was most popular in the 1860s. Many of the pieces featured in the exhibition are based around traditional Irish designs including one on the Tara brooch. The historic costume accessories also on show were once essential accoutrements for every fashionable Victorian lady. The collection includes the gilt posy-holders, button-hooks and intricately made chatelaines that would have been as prized then as the latest iPhone today.
23/04/2015 – 31/08/2015
Armagh County Museum, The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE, Northern Ireland, UK
This mini-exhibition showcases jewellery from the period 1840 to 1900, the era of Queen Victoria's reign. Examples of the precious stone cameos and intaglios that were popular during this period will also be on display.
1/04/2011 – 30/06/2011
The Barbados Museum, Barbados, Caribbean
Imperial orders. Diplomatic splendours of the Second Empire
All the decorations received by Napoleon III, the Prince Imperial and Empress Eugenie, miraculously saved from the burning of the Tuileries in 1871, are presented to the public for the first time in their entirety. Each piece tells a story, a friendship, a victory, an economic or political accord. The whole collection offers a unique journey into the world of the 19th century.
19/01/2011 – 29/05/2011
Musée national de la Légion d’honneur et des ordres de chevalerie, Paris, France
For honour and glory: jewellery from the Napoleonic era
2010 will see the 200th anniversary of Napoleon's visit to Antwerp with his second wife Marie-Louise. The Diamond Museum has taken advantage of this opportunity to mount an exhibition celebrating the splendour and ostentation of the jewellery and military decorations of the Napoleonic era.
30/09/2010 – 31/12/2010
Diamantmuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
1810, the politics of love - Napoleon I and Marie-Louise in Compiègne
This first exhibition in France to evoke Marie-Louise, Empress of the French, intends to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of the second marriage of Napoleon I to the young Archduchess of Austria, Marie-Antoinette’s grand-niece. It describes the extraordinary preparations for the arrival of the new Empress at the Palace of Compiègne, the splendours of the wedding ceremonies in Paris and the subsequent honeymoon in Compiègne. More than 200 works, wedding gifts, commissions for the sovereign’s trousseau and items of furniture, have been brought together: paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, objets d’art, clothes, silks and jewellery
28/03/2010 – 19/07/2010
Château de Compiègne Museum, Compiègne, France
Victoria & Albert: Art & Love
This major exhibition is the first ever to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s shared enthusiasm for art. Bringing together over 400 items from the Royal Collection, it celebrates the royal couple’s mutual delight in collecting and displaying works of art, from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince’s untimely death in 1861. It will incude a good selection of ‘state’ jewellery (the diamond collet necklace, the engagement brooch, the Oriental tiara, etc), a quantity of insignia belonging to both Queen and Prince, and a selection of ‘personal’ jewellery (such as pebble bracelets, stag’s teeth parures, images of the children, etc).
19/03/2010 – 5/12/2010
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, UK
Brilliant Impressions: Antique Paste & Other Jewellery
A glittering exhibition of paste and other jewellery dating from the golden years of the 18th and 19th centuries. Catalogue Antique Paste & Other Jewellery by Diana Scarisbrick.
15/06/2010 - 29/06/2010
S. J. Phillips Ltd, London, UK
Elegantly Attired: Victorian Apparel and Accessories in Coastal Maine
This exhibition features dozens of pieces of finery, including dresses, underclothing, fans and hats, and more than 100 pieces of Farnsworth family jewelry in an exploration of the upper-middle-class life of the area.
7/11/2009 - 25/04/2010
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine, USA
A Celebration of Victorian Jewellery : Love, Leisure and Ceremony
Victorian jewelry from 19th century England, as well as the opulent lifestyles they adorned, occupied an important place in the history of European ornament. Even today, these styles continue to hold an elegant appeal for many. This exhibition features exquisite pieces of jewelry manufactured using the most refined techniques, drawing from famous collections and even the treasury of the British royal family. In addition, a selection of over 300 related pieces, including vintage dress and costumes, magnificent silver tableware and antique lace will also be on view.
2/01/2010 - 21/02/2010
Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Victorian Hair Jewelry
The Rosenberg Library Museum features Victorian hair jewelry as the January “Treasure of the Month.” Hair jewelry, whether handmade or professionally crafted, was popular during the height of romanticism and was a sentiment that characterized the Victorian era. These nineteenth century pieces were crafted as tokens of love, friendship or in memoriam of a beloved family member. Pieces often took the form of brooches, necklaces, and bracelets, and were made stylish in Europe by Scandinavian crafters and Queen Victoria. The pieces on display range in date from 1840 to 1880. The museum’s collection of hair jewelry was donated by Helen Ebert, 1968; Shelby Z. Mowat, 1975; and Mrs. Catherine D. Gauss, 1985.
Rosenberg Library Museum, Galveston, Texas, USA
Features 27 antique pieces including crest and kilt pins, brooches and bracelets. This unique lapidary art form was popularized by Queen Victoria in 1848. The jewelry emphasizes Scottish symbolism and gemstones in handmade silver work.
1/01/2009 - 10/05/2009
Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst, IL, USA
Jewellery from 1850 to the present
23/01/2010 - 6/03/2010
Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Northampton, UK
Radiant Ensemble: Jewelry from the Nancy and Gilbert Levene Collection
This promised gift to TMA is one of the most important collections of European jewelry made between 1785 to 1885. More than 150 ensembles and individual ornaments, some in their original boxes, represent the period’s eclectic styles, notable for ingenious techniques and imaginative designs.
01/01/2009 - 08/09/2009
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Named artists and companies
I gioielli neoetruschi di Zenobio Bencivenga
The Neo-Etruscan jewellery of Zenobio Bencivenga
This exhibition, the fourth in a series dedicated to restoring to public sight forgotten objects from the collections of the Museums of Lazio, displays the neo-Etruscan jewellery of the celebrated nineteenth-century Roman goldsmiths, the Bencivenga. The jewellery in Zenobio Bencivenga's "Etruscan-Roman" style testifies to the refined quality reached by the Roman goldsmiths of the nineteenth century in the production of jewellery inspired by ancient models. "Italian" archaeological jewellery, as evidenced by the productions of Bencivenga, consisted not in the mere copy or imitation of antique jewellery, but in the reinterpretation and transformation of the original models in a fully nineteenth-century context. The work of Zenobio Bencivenga perfectly illustrates this, decorated with theatrical masks and palms and, on the bracelet, coloured enamels as well. The Bencivenga were among the finest exponents of Roman gold production in the second half of the nineteenth century and the jewellery on display, donated to the State by the heirs of Bencivenga in 1936, along with two others in the same style and a bracelet "with winged female busts in the Egyptian style", was initially intended for the Museo Nazionale Romano, but then became (with the full agreement of the heirs) part of the collections of the Museo Nazionale del Palazzo di Venezia in 1955.
30/09/2016 – 9/01/2017
Museo Archeologico dell'Agro Falisco, Forte Sangallo, Via del Forte 01033, Civita Castellana, Italy
Matthew Boulton – selling what all the world desires
2009 is the bi-centenary of the birth of Matthew Boulton. This exhibition will showcase important material from Birmingham Museum’s and the City Archives’ own world-famous collections, but will also feature significant loans from national museums, Birmingham Assay Office, private collectors and other external partners.
30/05/2009 - 27/09/2009
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
L'Oro nei Secoli dalla Collezione Castellani
This exhibition presents, through jewellery, archive documents, and a futuristic multimedia exhibition which literally "brings alive" some famous paintings, the history of Italian jewellery in the nineteenth century. The protagonist is the Castellani family: refined collectors, connoisseurs of the classical world, and above all excellent and skilled goldsmiths, who, for almost a century, promoted a new fashion to Europe and the world; "archaeological jewellery." The exhibition traces the long and tireless saga of these fine craftsmen, who were able to confer prestige and fame on the Italian goldsmith tradition and on "Made in Italy" which now, as then, proudly proclaims its excellence and uniqueness. The exhibition is enriched by a former goldsmith's shop, recreated especially for the exhibition, which will allow visitors to observe a goldsmith at work and admire the ancient tools of the trade. In association with this exhibition, the Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi presents "The Eternal Splendour. Gold at the Bruschi from Antiquity to the twentieth century", an exhibition of objects from a wide range of periods and artistic/cultural backgrounds with the aim of providing an overview of articles in which gold is involved either as the prime "actor" or as a mount for cameos, "imperial gems" and precious stones.
16/04/2014 – 2/11/2014
Basilica di San Francesco, Piazza San Francesco - Arezzo, Italy
Lux in Arcana. Documents from the Vatican Secret Archives
An unprecedented cultural and media event: 100 original documents, preserved for 400 years in the Popes’ Archive, will leave the confines of the Vatican City walls for the first time in history. The documents include part of the Archivio Borghese, the most substantial family archive held by the Vatican Secret Archives, made up of nearly 9,000 items mainly referring to the administration of the Borghese family’s wealth. In one of the last boxes, hidden among various accounts and expense notes, numerous watercolor plates are attached to a manuscript inventory of the family’s hereditary jewels. In 1834 prince Francesco (1776-1839) commissioned famous Roman goldsmith Fortunato Pio Castellani to survey the gems possessed by the Borghese household. Even though at the time he was continuously sought-after by the most famous families of the Roman aristocracy for his archaic-looking artefacts, the artisan drew numerous sketches of the jewels, among which some belonged to Pauline Bonaparte, who received them as a gift by brother Napoleon when she married Camillo Borghese, prince Francesco’s brother, in 1803; the emerald tiara and earrings described here are practically identical with those worn by Pauline Bonaparte for the 1807 marriage of Jerome Bonaparte and Catherine of Württemberg and captured by Jean-Baptiste Regnault in his painting which now hangs in Versailles. Subsequently, Pauline’s magnificent jewels were dismembered and remounted according to the time’s fashion for the marriage between Francesco’s son, Marcantonio, and Gwendoline Talbot, the Duke of Shrewsbury’s daughter, in 1835.
1/03/2012 - 9/09/2012
Musei Capitolini, Piazza del Campidoglio 1 - 00186 Roma, Italy
Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
This exhibition features more than 200 precious objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, home of the largest collection of Fabergé in the United States. The show traces Karl Fabergé’s rise to fame, highlighting his business savvy, artistic innovations, and privileged relationship with the Russian aristocracy. Despite the firm's abrupt end in 1918, the legacy and name of Fabergé continues to hold a place in popular culture.
17/10/2012 – 3/02/2013
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA
The World of Faberge
One of the most precious Kremlin collections of a great historical and cultural value is the one incorporating pieces of jewellery produced by the famous Faberge firm, the distinguished Russian firms of P. Ovchinnikov, I. Khlebnikov, O. Kurlyukov, G. Klingert, M. Semyonov. For the first time such a collection of artworks of C. Faberge and other renowned craftsmen from the Moscow Kremlin Museums funds is exposed in the country, which is distinguished by the tradition of jewellery making and art of processing of stones and metal. Over a hundred high-quality articles are intended to present one of the most flourishing and outstanding periods in the history of the Russian goldsmithery in the epoch, which is called the “Silver Age” of the Russian culture and arts. At the turn of the XIXth century Russian craftsmen invented a new original consummate style, which incorporated a retrospective trend and national traditions along with fashionable utilitarian design, so popular in the modern society. The Faberge’s triumph and “genius”, mentioned by Russian Empress Maria Fyodorovna, has contributed to the development of the Russian jewellery industry and marked a new page in the history of the Russian and foreign industrial art. The exhibition gives a unique opportunity to observe not only the items from the Armoury collection but also the rarities from the Moscow Kremlin Museums' funds, including religious items and memorabilia, pieces of jewellery and tableware, articles of coloured stones, as well as the Faberge masterpieces – precious Easter eggs, executed for the last two Russian Empresses.
28/09/2012 - 3/01/2013
Shanghai Museum, 325 Nanjing West Road, Huangpu, Shanghai, China
Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars.
The House of Fabergé has a reputation for turning the everyday into the extraordinary. Perhaps best known for 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, the magnificent “Fire Screen” picture frame, and the famed “Nobel Ice Egg,” 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 have been 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 is a rare opportunity to see this magnificent collection.
23/06/2012 - 6/01/2013
Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706, USA
Fabergé alla Venaria
This summer the Reggia glistens in the dazzling lights of the jewellery designed by the famous goldsmith Carl Fabergé and many other outstanding pieces from Russia’s imperial times. Gold, hard stones, diamonds, Imperial Eggs: a lavish display of masterpieces from the world’s largest collection of its kind.
27/07/2012 – 9/11/2012
Reggia di Venaria Reale, Piazza della Repubblica 4, Venaria Reale (TO), ITALY
The exhibition offers an insight into the work of an historical brand in jewellery - the house of Fabergé, whose fame was secured mainly by the excellence of Carl Fabergé, jeweller to the court of the Russian tsar. This project is part of the 2010 – 2012 programme of cooperation between the ministries of culture of the Latvian Republic and the Russian Federation. Works for the exhibition are from the All-Russia Museum of Decorative-Applied and Folk Arts, the State Museum of History, the Fersman Mineralogical Museum (Russia), the Latvian National Museum of Art and private collections.
24/03/2012 – 20/05/2012
The Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia
A diamond Jubilee Tribute, Fabergé from a private collection
15/05/12 - 25/05/2012
Wartski, London, W1S 4DE, UK
Royal Fabergé Exhibition
The exhibition at the annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace brings together masterpieces by Carl Fabergé, from Imperial Easter Eggs and dazzling jewel-encrusted boxes to miniature carvings of favourite royal pets. Royal Fabergé reveals how the world’s finest collection of work by the great Russian goldsmith and jeweller has been created by successive generations of the British Royal Family.
1/08/2011 – 25/09/2011
The State Rooms, Buckingham Palace, London, UK
Fabergé: The Hodges Family Collection
This exhibition features a splendid group of over 100 objects made by famed Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920). From cigarette cases and smoking accessories, to photograph frames, tableware, desk accessories, boxes, clocks, and jewelry, the consummate skill of the House of Fabergé is evident in the ingenious use of precious and semi-precious materials to create luxury objects of the highest order. The objects are from the Hodges Family Collection, the first significant collection of Fabergé assembled in America in decades.
23/10/2011 - 15/01/2012
Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15208, USA
Carl Fabergé and Masters of stone carving. Russian masterpieces of semi-precious stones
The exhibition, comprising articles made from semi-precious stones, is devoted to the Russian art of stone carving and its most distinguished craftsmen, i.e. jewellers Carl Fabergé, Avenir Sumin, Ivan Britsyn, suppliers to the Imperial court, Alexey K. Denisov (pseudonym Uralsky), known as “the artist and poet of the Urals”, as well as other eminent jewellers and stone carvers of the XVIIIth - XXth centuries from Jeremy Pauzie to Louis Cartier, whose style and art of jewellery making in the early XXth century has been developing under the influence of the Russian school of gem stone carving. The display presents over 400 jewellery pieces made from precious and semiprecious stones, derived from the Urals, Siberian and Altai deposits. All of them reveal the highest level of craftsmanship, characteristic of manufacturers from the Imperial Lapidary Factories of Yekateringburg, Peterhof, Kolyvan, the firm of Verfel and the Ural workshops.
8/04/2011 - 24/07/2011
Assumption Belfry, Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars
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.
13/11/2009 - 4/04/2010
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, USA
Alphonse Fouquet (1828-1911): des dessins pour des bijoux
Twenty five drawings, taken from a corpus verging on one thousand, reflect the exemplary artistic career of Alphonse Fouquet (1828-1911), one of the most prominent jewellers in Paris in the second half of the nineteenth century.
20/10/2011 - 20/02/2012
Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France