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 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.
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.
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