More than Expensive Eggs

Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, a gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna for Easter in 1892, photo by Tom Dubrock.

Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, a gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna for Easter in 1892, photo by Tom Dubrock.

For many of us, the first thing that comes to mind when we hear “the House of Fabergé” is an ornate Imperial Easter egg from the collection created for the Russian royal family (the most expensive of which would have cost almost $3 million today). However, Fabergé produced between 150,000 and 200,000 objects from 1882 to 1917, and many pieces were more simple and included animals, folkloric characters, and flower “still-lifes” carved in traditional Russian “hardstones.”

There’s so much more to the Fabergé story than even those stunning eggs, and our course “The Fabled Art of Fabergé” will uncover the rich history through lectures by experts including Caroline de Guitaut, the queen’s curator at the Royal Collection Trust in London, Newell Boyd, Ph.D., semi-retired history professor at Rice, Joel Bartsch, president of Houston Museum of Natural Science and curator of gems and minerals, as well as demonstrations of Fabergé techniques and a tour of HMNS’s exhibit that opens today.

There’s still time to register and join us on February 11 as we focus on the imperial jeweler to the tsars and his cherished works of art.

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