Fabergé Returns to Russia

Following the Russian Revolution, most of the lavish jewels and enamel eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé for the Russian imperial court were sold off or disappeared. Many ended up in museums and private collections around the world. Now, the largest known collection of Fabergé’s works is being given to the city of Saint Petersburg for the opening of its first Fabergé museum.

Housed in the neoclassical Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka Embankment, the museum was opened by Viktor Vekselberg, a Russian philanthropist and the owner of the Link of Times Foundation, who acquired the abandoned property—once inhabited by Russian nobility—and embarked on a $38 million renovation to restore its former glory. It now houses Vekselberg’s venerated collection, which contains more than 1,500 pieces. 

The museum has a large ballroom and a grand marble staircase that leads to an upper floor with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibition space separated into 12 galleries. Some of Fabergé’s most notable works are on view, including the yellow-enamel Imperial Coronation Egg that he created in 1897, which opens to reveal a miniature replica of the coach that Empress Alexandra rode into Moscow. The museum’s collection also features nearly 200 objects formerly owned by New York’s Forbes family and bought by Vekselberg in 2004, plus hundreds of cigarette cases and other objects acquired privately and at auction over the past few years. (www.faberge.com)

The reportedly $2 million Pearl Egg is Fabergé’s first piece in a new series of private commissions…
Two extremely rare jewels, one of which was owned by Napoléon’s niece, will headline the sale…
Photo by Bertrand Moulin
A cloak of secrecy has long kept the jewelry trade hidden from public view...
The show will spotlight a selection of rare pieces from seven of the world’s top diamond houses…
Photo by Doyle New York
In its 53 years, Doyle has auctioned the estates of Gloria Swanson, Bette Davis, and other film...
Exceptional colored gemstones were in high demand at the annual fair…
In celebration of Easter, here are some of Robb Report's favorite Fabergé eggs...
The internally flawless type IIa stone is one of the largest and rarest in existence…
The Milanese jeweler celebrated the opening with one-off jewelry pieces inspired by paintings…
The London jeweler uses baguette-cut gemstones to echo the film’s neon-lit buildings…