GRAND OPENING OF A FABERGÉ MUSEUM IN THE SHUVALOV PALACE, SAINT PETERSBURG
Saint Petersburg’s first Fabergé Museum opened this week for private viewings at the Shuvalov Palace, 21 Fontanka Canal. The museum is dedicated to the art of Peter Carl Fabergé, as well as his contemporaries and followers.
It houses the celebrated Fabergé collection of the Link of Times Foundation owned by Russian entrepreneur Viktor Vekselberg, which, with over 1,500 choice pieces, now surpasses the collection of the Kremlin Armoury Museum.
Over a 10 year period, Mr. Vekselberg has assembled the most formidable collection of works by Peter Carl Fabergé in the world. His aim is to repatriate works by great Russian masters to Russia, mostly sold by the Bolsheviks in the 1920s and 1930s, making them available to the general public.
According to Vladimir Voronchenko, President of the Link of Times Foundation and Director of the Museum, the institution is to become a living entity, and a cultural centre. Exhibitions from other museums are expected and will be accommodated in galleries on the ground floor.
The museum is a centrepiece for some of Fabergé’s most famous creations, such as the Imperial Coronation Egg which was created in 1897 by Fabergé workmasters Mikhail Perkhin and Henrik Wigstrom.
Aside from this, visitors will also see other works of Peter Carl Fabergé, including some of the 200 spectacular objects formerly owned by the New York Forbes family, such as the nine Imperial eggs acquired by Mr. Vekselberg in 2004 for over $100 million, as well as some of the 100 cigarette-cases, hundreds of pieces once owned by the San Francisco collector Andre Ruzhnikov, including his prized collection of about 150 articles in cloisonné enamel by the celebrated Muscovite master Fedor Rueckert, and hundreds of objects acquired privately and at auction over the last years by the Aurora Investment Fund.
In addition to the Fabergé pieces, the museum will be exhibiting works by Ivan Khlebnikov, Pavel Ovchinnikov, Ignatius Sazikova.
Visits to the museum are currently by private appointment only. However it will open to the public in early December.
Image courtesy of The Forbes Collection
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