Carl Fabergé Memorial Rooms
The General Staff Building
The rooms present the legacy of one of Russia’s leading jewelry firms, founded by the famous Carl Fabergé, also showing how jewelry-making and lapidary art has developed with time and featuring works by contemporary craftsmen. The two permanent display rooms contain 110 exhibits, while in the third room is used for temporary exhibitions.
Carl Fabergé’s firm is known as a leading enterprise in the Russian history of jewelry-making. Its craftsmen produced outstanding pieces of decorative and applied art, working on commissions from the Russian imperial house and European monarchs, as well as the most prominent members of aristocratic families and the ‘grande bourgeoisie’. The Fabergé name became a synonym of fine taste and polished craftsmanship.
The Hermitage possesses several significant Fabergé masterpieces: replica of the Russian Imperial Crown jewels, monumental silver clock (gift to Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna on their silver wedding anniversary), the Rothschild clock egg – President Vladimir Putin’s gift for the Hermitage’s 250th anniversary, rock crystal presentation dish and decorative bouquets of flowers. Among them are items from the Winter, Anichkov and Alexander Palaces: presentation dishes, parts of dining services, vases and cigarette cases created by the firm’s leading jewelers: Mikhail Perkhin, Feodor Afanasyev, Henrik Wigström, Johan Victor Aarne, Anders Nevalainen and Julius Rappoport.
The display has been created by the State Hermitage’s Department of Western European Applied Art and curated by Dr. Marina Lopato, Head of the Sector of Metal and Stone Artwork.
Exhibition and showcase design: the State Hermitage Department of Exhibition Design;
Head of the Department: Boris Kuzyakin.
The General Staff BuildingAdress: Dvortsovaya Ploshchad (Square), 6/8
Metro stations: Admiralteyskaya, Nevsky Prospekt, Gostiny Dvor
Museum Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 10.30-18.00; Wednesday, Friday: 10.30-21.00
Ticket: 300 rubles