The Metropolitan Art Museum in New York is exhibiting the Fabergé collection of Matilda Geddings Gray, on long-term loan for the next five years. The collection is considered one of the most important in the world and comprises of objects originally commissioned by and created for the Russian Imperial family, such as the Lilies of the Valley Basket and three magnificent Imperial Easter Eggs.
Louisiana heiress and philanthropist Matilda Geddings Gray (1885–1971) acquired her first Fabergé piece in 1933. An artist herself, with a refined aesthetic sensibility, she was a sophisticated collector. Over the following years, Matilda Geddings Gray amassed one of the finest Fabergé collections in the world, and Fabergé's art has become widely known and internationally sought after.
The exhibition will display works from the collection on a rotating schedule for five years. Iconic works from the House of Fabergé have not been on public view in New York since 2004.
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