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Royal Fabergé

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

14 Oct 2017 - 11 Feb 2018

It has been estimated that between 1884 and 1917, Peter Carl Fabergé directed the production of 200,000 pieces of jewellery, silverware and objets d’art, many of which has since been destroyed. ‘Royal Fabergé’ will reveal how the exquisite creativity of the Fabergé workshops reached from St Petersburg 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. More than 60 Sandringham-linked loans from the Royal Collection will act as the centrepiece of the exhibition. Featured creatures will include the champion racehorse Persimmon, whose winnings helped fund the Norfolk estate, and Caesar, Edward VII’s favourite Norfolk terrier. In addition, more than 200 works including films and photographs will highlight the extraordinary talents of the Fabergé makers. Find out more about the Royal Fabergé exhibition from the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts’ website.

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The Basket of Flowers Egg (1901), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

The Basket of Flowers Egg (1901), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Cigarette case (c. 1910), Fabergé. A La Vieille Russie, New York

Cigarette case (c. 1910), Fabergé. A La Vieille Russie, New York

Five-color gold double marriage cup (pre-1896), Fabergé. A La Vieille Russie, New York

Five-color gold double marriage cup (pre-1896), Fabergé. A La Vieille Russie, New York

Caesar (c. 1908), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Caesar (c. 1908), Fabergé. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Portrait of Carl Fabergé (1881–1962), Alfred Lyndhurst Pocock. A La Vieille Russie, New York

Portrait of Carl Fabergé by Alfred Lyndhurst Pocock. A La Vieille Russie, New York

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