The Last Flowering of Court Art
A Russian private collection of Fabergé
The Last Flowering of Court Art was a loan exhibition of a private collection of Fabergé owned by a Russian couple who live in London. They began collecting just after the fall of the Soviet Union and amongst the many ‘New Russians’ to collect Fabergé, they were the very first. Possessing the highest levels of discernment and guided by an uncompromising determination to acquire only the best of Fabergé’s work, they have succeeded in assembling an important collection of the Imperial Goldsmith’s work.
The glittering collection is not only one of the most significant of its generation, it also represents the future direction of Fabergé appreciation. English and Americans dominated the post-revolutionary Fabergé world. Since the rise of modern Russia there has been a seismic shift in the pattern of Fabergé collecting. Russians have identified Fabergé’s work as a source of national pride and emboldened with new confidence they are now the most active Fabergé collectors.
The exhibition was held to benefit the Samaritans and all funds raised will go directly to the charity. Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland, available twenty four hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.