Faberge Jeweler To The Tsars Exhibition – Oklahoma City Museum Of Art

The Faberge Jeweler To The Tsars exhibition will be found at Oklahoma City Museum Of Art. This wonderful display will allow patrons to view a portion of the Collection of The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, which holds a large segment of Carl Faberge’s jewelry. From the dazzling Imperial Easter eggs to delicate flower ornaments and from animal sculptures down to cigarette cases and photograph frames, Carl Faberge was able to turn the most mundane and simplistic items into masterpieces. The majority of his designs and concepts were never replicated and entirely crafted by hand. Faberge’s success as a jeweler was closely linked to the patronage of the Romanov dynasty and the close ties among the British, Danish, and Russian royal families, who often exchanged his works as personal gifts.

The Imperial Tsesarevich Easter Egg created in 1912 is one of the more famous pieces that will be exhibited at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. This luxurious and one of a kind egg was a gift to Empress Alexandra from her husband, Emperor Nicholas II. The egg is a symbolic representation, as well as a commemoration of their son, Alexsei, who came close to death when he battled hemophilia.

The shell is comprised of six wedges of highly prized lapis lazuli and hid the seams with an elaborate gold filigree encasement. Within the egg, a diamond encrusted Romanov family crest holds a two sided portrait of Alexsi in a frame.

The strong presence and heritage of the Romanov Family, Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra and their five children is intimately felt and seen through the exhibits display of over 40 family photographs that are embedded in Faberge frames. These precious jewels were a few of the posessions that the Romanov family took with them when they were forced out of St. Petersburg during the Revolution. Although it may be a myth, the Romanov daughters are said to have sewn these masterpieces into their undergarments in attempts to preserve their wealth and status.

“This exhibition represents a double honor for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art-the opportunity to collaborate with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and to showcase the largest Fabergé collection outside of Russia,” said E. Michael Whittington, Oklahoma City Museum of Art President and CEO, in a news release.

“The technical and artistic virtuosity of the Fabergé workshop is without parallel. Individually, these objects are breathtaking. Collectively, they represent a unique window into an empire and subsequent revolution that dramatically altered 20th century history. We are proud to present such an extraordinary collection of treasures to our community.”