Faberge at The Queen’s Gallery

To accompany the dazzling exhibition Faberge at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace (through 7 March 2004) the Royal Collection has commissioned an exclusive range of products inspired by some of the most celebrated works by the great Russian jeweller and goldsmith. The Faberge Range includes colourful espresso cups and saucers, exquisite jewellery and photograph frames, and charming hand-carved animals.

The espresso cups, produced in Stoke-on-Trent, are decorated with geometric moire waves. One of Faberge’s favourite designs, this pattern imitates the enamelling on the famous cigarette case given to King Edward VII by Mrs Keppel in 1908. The cups are available in blue, turquoise, lilac, pink, yellow and green, Faberge’s favourite colours. Each piece is embellished with 22ct gold and finished by hand. The espresso cups and saucers are available individually or as a set of six. They are presented in gold boxes bearing Faberge’s name, in Russian, and the Imperial Arms of Russia.

Among Faberge’s greatest works are the spectacular Easter eggs. Four Imperial eggs will be on display in the exhibition, as well as egg-shaped boxes and Easter egg pendants. These have inspired the Royal Collection’s range of earrings, bracelets and necklaces, which bear miniature egg pendants in plum, coral, red and blue. The jewellery is exclusive to the Royal Collection and is packaged in black boxes, embossed with the Royal Collection crest.

The frames in the Faberge range are inspired by those made for the royal family. The animal figures (an elephant, dormouse, pig, cat, terrier and rabbit) are replicas of those produced for King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Each is unique, having been hand-carved in agate and jasper.

The exhibition Faberge will be shown at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace from until 7 March 2004.

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