faberage museum

The Faberge Museum is a testimony to a lineage of Russian aristocracy and luxurious art pieces and jewelry. Edward and Faina visited this historical museum before attending Baselworld.

Russian billionaire Alexander Ivanov, who paid $17.7 million for a Faberge egg in 2007, spent 90 million euros (estimated $107.8 million) more in the last year to add 100 items to a 3,000-strong collection worth $2 billion.

The Germany museum opened in May 2009 and displays a collection spanning over 600 items.  The most prized piece that is on display is the Faberge egg that was crafted as an engagement gift to Baron Edouard de Rothschild. Ivanov bought it at a Christie’s International auction in lodon on Nov. 28, 2007. The gold and pink enamel egg sold for 9 million pounds (estimated $18.5 million). The “finest ever” egg has a clock and diamond set cockerel that pops up at every hour to flap its wings.

Aside from the Rothschild Faberge Egg, other items in the museum include a rare silver rabbit decanter and the last Faberge Egg, which was made of Karelian birch with gold and diamonds for Easter 1917.  Aside from jewelry, there is a large space set aside for vintage cars, and a future wing will be added in the future to exhibit European Old Master paintings and pre-Columbian jewelry from Peru.

Ivanov aggressively purchases other Faberge pieces, including a 27-inch high silver clock given to Russian Emperor Alexander III and his wife by their relatives in 1891. This luxurious clock was a gift for their 25th wedding anniversary.