Magnificence and surprise
An exploration of Russian Decorative Arts over 300 years
Join Anne Harbers for a series of lectures focusing on Russian Decorative Arts – extending beyond the wonders of the House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) to consider porcelain of the Imperial porcelain factory (established in 1744) as well as silver, glass, lacquer work, jewellery and hardstone. This story cannot be told without the role played by the Russian Royal family as well as the silversmiths and craftsmen to the Russian architects of the Art Nouveau. We consider how was Russian design influenced by the style-makers of Europe, and what was the role of great monarchs such as Catherine the Great on the arts?
Image: Mikhail Perkhin Gatchina Palace Egg 1901 Walters Art Museum, acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
Sundays 24 February, 3 & 10 March 2019, 10.30am
Full series: BOOKED OUT
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
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Duration 1 hour
Location: Centenary Auditorium
Related exhibition: Masters of modern art from the Hermitage
The great Russian collectors
Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and their Influence on the Russian Arts
The reign of Peter the Great (1682 – 1721) and later, that of Catherine the Great (1762-1796) brought different influences to the Russian decorative arts. Peter the Great travelled to the Netherlands to learn ship-building & clock-making, returning to set up a Kunstkamera of mainly natural history collecting but also funded for Russian artists to travel to Europe. Catherine the Great also encouraged the arts, using it to establish Russian cultural status in Europe, with the elegance and beauty of the Winter Palace, collecting porcelain, silver, jewellery, furniture and tapestries.
House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) BOOKED OUT
Opulence and beauty
The House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) produced iconic items from jewellery to the renown imperial Easter eggs associated with the last two tsars of Russia. These decorative objects are beyond beauty with incredible craftsmanship and stories closely associated with Tsar Nicholas II and his consort Alexandra Feodorovna, The custom of presenting the Easter eggs commenced with his father, Alexander III, in 1885, and Nicholas II presented both his mother and his wife an Easter egg each year from 1895 to 1916. This lecture will look at many items from the House of Fabergé, and where to view them today.
Sunday 3 March 2019 10:30am – 11:30am
Early 20th century
Art Nouveau to Russian revival
Up until the Revolution in 1917, Russia joined the design style of Europe with Art Nouveau influencing architecture, glass, porcelain and other crafts. Following the revolution, many valuable items from the St Petersburg aristocrats were brought into collections such as the Hermitage. In the 1920s, items from the Shuvalov, Stroganov, Yusupov, Sheremetev and other palaces also joined the collections, giving us many wonderful items to view from the twentieth century collections. During this time Russian folk images were often used as a decorative theme, on porcelain and in other decorative arts.