Fabergé comes to East Anglia

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Sains­bury Cen­tre for Vis­ual Arts, Univer­sity of East Anglia Show­ing un­til: 11 Fe­bru­ary 2018

There is a spe­cial con­nec­tion be­tween Fabergé and Nor­folk. In 1907 Ed­ward VII, on a sug­ges­tion from Alice Kep­pel (the Duchess of Corn­wall’s great­grand­mother), com­mis­sioned Fabergé to pro­duce por­trait sculp­tures of dogs and horses at San­dring­ham to please Queen Alexan­dra. Later the pro­ject was ex­tended to other an­i­mals on the Royal es­tate. The best sculp­tors went to Nor­folk to make wax mod­els which were then taken to Rus­sia to be ren­dered in hard­stones, gem­stones, gold, sil­ver and plat­inum.

Royal Fabergé’ re­veals how the ex­quis­ite creativity of the Fabergé work­shops ranged from St Petersburg and the Ro­manov court to a dairy on Nor­folk’s San­dring­ham Es­tate, through the pa­tron­age of two sis­ters – Dan­ish princesses who, as Alexan­dra and Maria Feodor­ovna, be­came queen con­sorts in Bri­tain and Rus­sia, and who strove to bring their adopted coun­tries to­gether. Fabergé’s Lon­don store was the only one out­side the Rus­sian Em­pire.

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