Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

In Montreal my favorite museum to visit is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and yesterday I attended the fabulous Fabergé exhibit. I used to make jewelry and do cloisonné enamel work so I have an idea of the craftsmanship required to create these fine works of art.

 

Fabergé exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Art on Sherbrooke St West

Fabergé  exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Art

 

Fabergé Imperial Cesarevich by Henrik Wigstrom 1912 - Fabergé workshop Russia

Fabergé Imperial Cesarevich Easter Egg by Henrik Wigstrom of Fabergé 1912

 

Fabergé Montreal MMFA Imperial Pelican Easter Egg 1898 Russia

Fabergé at MMFA Imperial Pelican Easter Egg 1898

 

Fabergé Imperial Red Cross with Imperial Portraits 1915 - Russia's jeweler to the czars

Fabergé Imperial Red Cross with Imperial Portraits 1915

 

The extraordinary Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg of 1903 was presented to Czar Nicholas II to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg Russia.

 

Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg 1903 - several colors of gold along with exquisite cloisonne enamel technique

Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg 1903

 

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of St Petersburg Russia - Peter the Great Easter Egg 1903 by Fabergé

Another view of the fabulous Fabergé – Imperial Peter the Great Easter Egg – 1903

 

Fabergé eggs featured a prize miniature Fabergé design within the jeweled egg

Fabergé miniature by Mikhail Perkhin 1903 – prize inside Peter the Great Easter Egg

 

Photo of Fabergé Workshop of Mikhail Perkhin House of Fabergé about 1903 - Russia

Photo of Fabergé Workshop of Mikhail Perkhin House of Fabergé about 1903

 

Fabergé was so famous for exquisite jewelry and cloisonne enamel that the work was frequently copied. Various faux Fabergé’s were on display at the exhibit in Montreal.

 

Forgeries or faux Fabergé jewelry were common due to the success of Fabergé

Faux Fabergé pansies – forgery pre 1947

 

Fabergé forgery - box gold silver enamel diamonds rubies pearls - faux Fabergé

Fabergé forgery – box gold silver enamel diamonds rubies pearls – beautiful but not a Fabergé

 

I am now visiting the beautiful city of Ottawa but I will return to Montreal to spend one more night and hope to see the Tam Tam drum circle at Mont Royal.

What has been your favorite art exhibit? Or is there a work of art you haven’t seen yet but would love to go see?

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 4 of living a nomadic life, roadtripping around the USA and Canada and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Reader Wil says:

    These eggs look so exquisite and fragile. Why did Fabergé use eggs?
    All in all it’s a very interesting post!
    Wil

    • Hi Wil, the short answer is because the Czar Alexander III commissioned Faberge to make the first egg and it became a tradition which continued until the Russian Revolution.

      The reason Czar choose an egg is apparently due to the fact that his wife – the Empress Marie Fedorovna – had admired an egg that her aunt Princess Wilhelmine Marie of Denmark had owned.

      i plan to write more about the topic when I have a bit more time – I spent the day walking along the Ottawa River today – gorgeous day!

      Cheers,
      Susan

  2. I’d hate to have a real egg – too pricey to lose or have get damaged or stolen.
    ROG

  3. The eggs are gorgeous. I enjoy looking at them and gasping at their amazing craftsmanship, but I wouldn’t want to own them. Too much trouble for me to maintain, both clean and insurance wise. But then if one were to drop in my lap, I might change my tune. :-) Great post.

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