The Fabergé Museum
There are two museums dedicated to the famous jeweler Fabergé. One is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia - the city where the House of Fabergé was founded. The second is in Baden-Baden, German. Both Fabergé Museums have extensive collections of objets d’art and jewelry on display.
The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg
The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg is a private institution created by Viktor Vekselberg. The museum’s objective is to return objects of high cultural value to the country.
It is located in Shuvalov Palace on the banks of the Fontanka River. The Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg has a collection of more than 4,000 works of decorative and fine art, including gold and silver items, paintings and porcelain.
The Saint Petersburg Fabergé Museum’s collection of Imperial Eggs
One of the Fabergé Museum in Saint Petersburg’s most prized exhibits is its collection of nine Fabergé eggs. They were made for the last two Romanov Tsars – the Emperors Alexander III and Nicholas II.
The Imperial Eggs that are on display are as follows:
• First Hen Egg
• Renaissance Egg
• Rosebud Egg
• Coronation Egg
• Lilies of the Valley Egg
• Cockerel Egg
• Fifteenth Anniversary Egg
• Bay Tree Egg
• Order of St. George Egg
Viktor Vekselberg bought these nine Fabergé eggs from the American newspaper magnate Malcom Forbes in 2004. Vekselberg purchased the entire collection for $100 million.
This Fabergé Museum also houses countless other precious pieces by this famous Russian jeweler.
The Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany
Russian billionaire and art collector Alexander Ivanov opened this Fabergé Museum in 2009. It is located in the German city, Baden-Baden, which is known for its natural hot spring spas.
Ivanov teamed up with local authorities to open this museum. They decided to open the museum in this town because it was already a very popular destination for Russian tourists.
A new museum dedicated to a famous jeweler
When the museum first opened its doors Ivanov was not given permission to use the name Fabergé. A year later the German court ruled in his favor, allowing him to use the name.
The museum contains some of Fabergé’s most beautiful pieces, including the famous Rothschild Egg. The museum also organizes temporary exhibits. They present superb objects from Peter Carl Fabergé’s workshops as well as breathtaking creations by his contemporaries, including Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany, Falize, etc.
The Rothschild Egg on display at the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden
The Fabergé egg known as the Rothschild Egg is one of this famous jeweler’s most well known pieces. Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild gave it to Germaine Halphen upon her engagement to Beatrice’s younger brother, Édouard Alphonse James de Rothschild.
In 2007, Alexander Ivanov purchased the egg at auction in London at Christie’s for £8.9 million. It is now on display for the public to admire at his Fabergé Museum.