Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision opens Friday — take a gander at some highlights here and hightail it to HMNS!

We can hear that sharp intake of breath from here. Believe us; we relate. The first time we saw the McFerrin Collection — an extension of the exhibit on display here in 2010 — it was hard to find the words.

When we were finally able to articulate ourselves, our utterances were monosyllabic: “Wow.”

Three-Compartment Vanity Case by Faberge, workmaster Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg c 1910.

Three-Compartment Vanity Case by Fabergé,
workmaster Henrik Wigstrom, St. Petersburg c 1910.

The McFerrin collection has expanded to include more than 350 objects, all on extended loan at HMNS and free for members.

Gold-Mounted Rose Diamond and Moonstone Brooch Faberge, workmaster Feodor Afanasiev, initials of Faberge, assay mark of St. Petersburg Moscow, c 1899 - 1908.
Gold-Mounted Rose Diamond and Moonstone Brooch Fabergé, workmaster Feodor Afanasiev, initials of Fabergé,
assay mark of St. Petersburg Moscow, c 1899 – 1908.

Some highlights include a picture frame that once belonged to Liz Taylor (she replaced the Tsar’s face with her own, dahling), a handwritten note from Fabergé to a customer, and unexpected artifacts from the House of Fabergé’s war effort, including a surgeon’s knife.

For more information, including ticket prices and related special events, click here.

Ice Crystal Pendant by Faberge, workmaster Albert Holmstrom, St. Petersburg c 1913. Ice Crystal Pendant by Fabergé, workmaster Albert Holmstrom, St. Petersburg c 1913.

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