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Fabergé in London

This program is the fourth part of the Fabergé Rediscovered Lecture Series. Theater seating is sold out. Seats are available in the simulcast location.

Royalty, aristocrats, American heiresses, exiled Russian grand dukes, randlords, maharajas, socialites, and financiers with newly made fortunes flocked to Fabergé in London. Learn about the glittering history of Fabergé's British branch, from its opening in 1903 to its closure in 1917. The imperial Russian goldsmith's London branch was the only one outside of Russia, and its jeweled and enameled contents were as popular there as they were in St. Petersburg or Moscow.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m. Mansion and Fabergé Rediscovered open for self-guided touring
6-6:30 p.m. Members-only wine and cheese reception. Join today!
6:30-7:30 p.m. Lecture
7:30 p.m. Book signing. Fabergé in London is available for purchase in the museum shop

About the Speaker

Kieran McCarthy is an expert on the work of Russian imperial jeweler Carl Fabergé. He is managing director of Wartski, London, a member of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, and a Fellow of the Gemological Association. He advises collectors and institutions on the work of Fabergé. He is a member of the advisory board of the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg. In 2014, he revealed the existence of the lost third imperial Fabergé Easter egg and exhibited it for the first time in 112 years. He has published widely and recently authored Fabergé in London: The British Branch of the Imperial Russian Goldsmith (2017), an in-depth study of Fabergé’s London branch and its customers.

About the Fabergé Rediscovered Lecture Series

Designed to delight and surprise, the treasures created by the firm of Carl Fabergé have inspired admiration and intrigue for over a century, both for their remarkable craftsmanship and the fascinating histories that surround them. Now, a special exhibition at Hillwood unveils new discoveries relating to its own collection of Fabergé imperial Easter eggs and other famed works.  Whether you are a Fabergé aficionado or novice, this lecture series will offer interest and insight into the storied firm.

Wednesday, October 3: The Firm of Fabergé: Business, Clients, and Collectors, by Wilfried Zeisler

Wednesday, October 10: Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs, by Caroline de Guitaut

Tuesday, October 16: Fabergé in the Age of Progress, by Mikhail Ovchinnikov

Tuesday, October 23: Fabergé in London, by Kieran McCarthy