Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars

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Fedor Rückert (Russian, 1840–1917). Loving Cup, 1899–1908. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of Silver. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Fedor Rückert (Russian, 1840–1917). Loving Cup, 1899–1908. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Jerome and Rita Gans Collection of Silver. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Opens Saturday, June 20

Peter Carl Fabergé, a jeweler and eventual Master Goldsmith for House of Fabergé, was noticed by Tsar Alexander III, who recognized his talent and named him supplier to the court in 1885. The beautiful eggs that Fabergé is famous for crafting took form that same year when the Tsar asked the House of Fabergé for an egg to give his wife, Empress Maria. Fabergé’s eggs, 50 in total, were all made between 1885 and 1917. Adorned in jewels, gold, pearls and other embellishments, each egg was fashioned with a surprise. Fabergé’s other miniature creations included flower ornaments, animal sculptures, cigarette cases, photograph frames and desk clocks. The piece pictured here, Loving Cup, was created by Fedor Rückert, who served as a workmaster under Fabergé. Opening June 20 and running through Sept. 27, more than 200 of Fabergé’s rare treasures, including four imperial eggs, will be displayed at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibit draws from the Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Lectures, tours, gallery talks and other activities run throughout the exhibit’s stint in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit www.okcmoa.com.

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