Diana Mandache, European royal families, Faberge jewellery, Familia regala, Imperial Russia, istoria regalitatii, Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Queen Marie of Romania, Regina Maria, Romanian Royal Family, Royal jewels
I have been pleasantly surprised the other day when I received an e-mail from Wartsky informing me about their wonderful forthcoming exhibition, which will feature an exquisite brooch once owned by Marie of Romania and specially designed for her by Carl Faberge. I believe that Marie commissioned this brooch when she visited Moscow with the occasion of Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation. I would like to thank Wartsky and Kieran McCarthy who has sent me the e-mail for this very kind communication.
The Last Flowering of Court Art is a loan exhibition of a private collection of Fabergé owned by a Russian couple who live in London. They began collecting just after the fall of the Soviet Union and amongst the many ‘New Russians’ to collect Fabergé, they were the very first . Possessing the highest levels of discernment and guided by an uncompromising determination to acquire only the best of Fabergé’s work, they have succeeded in assembling an important collection of the Imperial Goldsmith’s work. The pieces to be exhibited have brought a shared joy to their lives and the choice of objects is a reflection of their joint tastes. Their passion for Fabergé has produced a collection covering the spectrum of Fabergé’s work and includes some of the firm’s most prized pieces. Among them a presentation brooch from Princess Marie of Romania, made from yellow gold, enamelled translucent bright pink over a sunburst guillochage, in the form of an a scrolling ‘M’,centred by a rose diamond representation of a crown. Moscow, 1896-1908. 3.4 cm across. Provenance: From the collection of a Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Victoria. [extract from http://www.wartski.com/]
For another pink enamel brooch from Queen Marie of Romania see: Fabergé and the Russian Jewellers, Wartski, June 2006, number 228:
‘The Last Flowering of Court Art’: A private Russian collection of Fabergé. A loan exhibition at Wartski, 23rd November-4th December 2010
©Diana Mandache’s Weblog http://www.royalromania.wordpress.com