The wonderful world of bejewelled Fabergé eggs comes to Vienna from the collections of the Moscow Kremlin Museum and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum, also in the Russian capital.
The exhibition contains approximately 150 pieces of jewellery which are on show for the first time in Austria and which offer an insight into the precious and highly-valuable jewellery art of Russia.
The House of Fabergé is synonymous with jewellery of the highest standards, in Russia and abroad, and is best known for supplying the Russian royal family. Each year from 1885 to 1917, the Tsars commissioned spectacular jewelled eggs which they gave as Easter gifts to their wives and mothers. These Easter eggs were made of gold, silver, rock crystal or enamel and decorated with pearls, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones.
Around 50 imperial eggs were made in total and some 43 have survived. There were two planned for Easter 1918 but because of the Russian Revolution these were never delivered.