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Jewels of the Romanovs: The Collections of Maria, Alexandra, Olga and Xenia

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The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a time of elegance and opulence for Russia's reigning family.  Nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the jewel collections of the Romanov women.  From the golden years through the revolution, Stefano Papi will delight with the stories behind the imperial jewels, including personal pieces, and the fascinating women who wore them. He will focus on those Romanovs who are profiled in Fabergé Rediscovered, including Empress Alexandra, Dowager Empress Maria, and the Grand Duchesses Olga and Xenia.

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. Jewels of the Romanovs is available for purchase in the museum shop

About the Speaker

Stefano Papi is a Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America and has worked as Senior European Specialist in the jewelry departments of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s. He has written several books including Jewels of the Romanovs: Family and Court, Stage Jewels and Jewellery of the House of Savoy, and is co-author with Alexandra Rhodes of 20th Century Jewelry & the Icons of Style.

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

Tuesday, October 30: Jewels of the Romanovs: The Collections of Maria, Alexandra, Olga and Xenia, by Stefano Papi