Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution



This sell-out exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, conceived and curated by our own Kieran McCarthy, explored master goldsmith Carl Fabergé – whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903.


November 2021 – May 2022


‘a neatly put-together show that highlights not just Peter Carl Fabergé’s glorious creative vision but also the genuinely stratospheric heights to which his artists and artisans rose in the pursuit of beauty – that actually blows your mind.’


The Evening Standard


‘This show is more than just a parade of eye-wateringly expensive knick-knacks created to tickle the jaded appetites of the super-privileged. Opening up like a Fabergé egg, it has plenty of surprises to reveal.’


The Times


‘a beautiful, extravagant show’


The Telegraph



The Alexander Palace Egg, by Fabergé, Chief Workmaster Henrik Wigstrom (1862-1923), 1908. © The Moscow Kremlin Museums




Painted enamel rose with nephrite leaves standing in a rock crystal pot, from Fabergé’s London stock when the branch closed in 1917. © Wartski, London.




‘Ice crystal’ pendant, by Fabergé, workmaster Albert Holmström, designer Alma Pihl. Courtesy of the McFerrin Foundation, Houston.