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DateLecture
28 March 2019Easter Presents from Fabergé
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31 January 2019Two Hundred and Fifty Years of the Royal Academy
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31 May 2018GERTRUDE BELL - Traveller, Archaeologist, Orientalist and Imperialist
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30 November 2017WONDER WORKERS AND THE ART OF ILLUSION
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28 September 2017ART NOUVEAU: Architecture and Design
29 June 2017AS IF BY MAGIC: The Secrets of Turner’s Watercolour Techniques
25 May 2017THREE GREAT FRENCHMEN – and one’s a Spaniard
27 April 2017CORRIDORS OF TIME: Early Travellers through Burgundy and Provence
30 March 2017RUBENS – A MASTER IN THE MAKING
23 February 2017PICTURING PATRONAGE: 19th Century Variations on a theme

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Easter Presents from Fabergé Clare Phillips Thursday 28 March 2019

March’s lecture looked at the wide and glittering array of jewelled objects and jewellery created by the Russian imperial goldsmith Carl Fabergé.  Famed for his ingenious precious eggs made for the tsarinas from the mid-1880s to 1917, his reputation also rested on his superb enamelled boxes and picture frames, carved hardstone animal and flower studies, small trinkets and jewellery.  

The talk traced Fabergé’s rise at the extravagant but doomed Russian Court, follow his international triumph and eventual exile, all the while focussing on individual pieces and the diverse materials and techniques by which they were created.

Our Speaker, Clare Phillips, has an MA in The History of Design from the Royal College of Art, 1989.   Clare is a curator at the Victoria & Albert Museum specialising in the history of jewellery.  The V & A’s display of Faberge included a dedicated case in the Jewellery Gallery; the Museum has hosted two major Faberge exhibitions.