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Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy


Sunday, November 12, 2017Sunday, May 27, 2018


10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy

This exhibition explores the Russian crafts tradition that culminated with the world-renowned House of Fabergé. Between 1885 and the revolution of 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé’s workshop created exquisite jeweled and enameled Easter eggs for the Russian tsars. The exhibition includes over 70 stunning objects that highlight the extraordinary artistry of Russian jewelers and enamel-workers, including the Walters’ two Fabergé Easter eggs. A concurrent exhibition, After Fabergé, by contemporary artist Jonathan Monaghan, reinvents the famous Easter eggs for the 21st century in a series of five prints that comment on consumer culture and changing definitions of luxury.

A lavishly illustrated book edited by Margaret Trombly tells the story of the extraordinary works that emerged from the Russian decorative arts tradition. Co-published with Thames & Hudson, the book is available in the Walters Art Museum Store and online ($39.95, hardcover with slipcase) beginning in mid-October.”

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Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire’s Legacy has been generously supported by Judy and Scott Phares, The Selz Foundation, William A. Bradford, Dr. Karen Kettering, The Hilde Voss Eliasberg Endowment for Exhibitions, Trust of Helen M. Hughes, contributors to the Gary Vikan Exhibition Endowment Fund, donors to the annual fund, and other generous donors.