Hear the name Fabergé and the mind immediately conjures up the incredible series of exquisitely decorated Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian royal family from 1885 to 1916. Opening at the V&A this month, three of those legendary eggs will be on display for the first time in the UK – the Moscow Kremlin Egg (the largest Imperial Egg), the Alexander Palace Egg (featuring watercolour portraits of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra’s children) and the Tercentenary Egg (created to celebrate 300 years of the Romanovs).
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‘Fabergé in London’ is the first major exhibition devoted to the international prominence of the celebrated Russian goldsmith Carl Fabergé, and will also highlight the work of his little-known London outpost, the only one outside Russia, which opened in 1903. Expect to be dazzled by over 200 objects as you wander the displays, starting with the story of Carl Fabergé’s patronage of the Romanov family, followed by an exploration of his mastery of techniques and intricate detailing, his time in London, the impact of the Russian Revolution, and, of course, those incredible Easter Eggs.