Rare Fabergé egg on display at Surrey National Trust home

An ornament made by one of the most prestigious jewelers in the world has been displayed in a National Trust home.

he exhibition in Polesden Lacey, Surrey – the former rural retreat of social economist and collector Margaret Greville – will feature more than 100 objects – some being presented for the first time.

Among the five pieces designed by Peter Carl Faberge is a Faberge egg fitted with a rose-cut diamond clasp in the shape of a snowflake.


Mrs Greville by Emile-Auguste Carolus-Duran (National Trust)

The St. Petersburg-born jeweler is famous for making 50 eggs for the Russian imperial family – along with a number of private clients – from 1885 until the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II in 1917.

One of the eggs was estimated to fetch up to £20million at auction in 2014.

Research for the exhibition revealed that Faberge, who opened a shop in London in 1903, was also responsible for a jasper study of an owl housed at Polesden Lacey.

The Trust’s Faberge expert, John Benjamin, said the collection is a “lightning rod to a bygone era, when discerning clients like Mrs Greville had ample means and opportunity to acquire beautiful objects of the imagination”.

Objects with royal connections are also on display ahead of the platinum jubilee this year, including a snuffbox presented to Mrs Greville by Edward VII and a ruby ​​and diamond brooch worn to his coronation.

The former monarch was the guest of honor at Mrs Greville’s first house party in 1909 and reportedly said her “gift for hospitality” was tantamount to a “positive genius”.

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Jonathan Marsh, property manager of Polesden Lacey, said: “Margaret Greville’s guests have included royalty, politicians, international heads of state and celebrities.

“Her collection of art and objects reflects her prestige and notoriety, and we are delighted to be able to tell that story in this major exhibition.”

Ceramics on display include a pair of pottery horse heads from early Imperial China, dated between the 3rd and 7th centuries, and Meissen porcelain.

The collection of images ranges from rare medieval works to masterpieces of the Dutch Golden Age, including a self-portrait by Frans van Mieris.

Other paintings on display include a portrait of a young Mary Queen of Scots by Henry Bone, the enameller to George III, George IV and William IV.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/rare-faberge-egg-to-go-on-show-at-surrey-national-trust-house-41585974.html Rare Fabergé egg on display at Surrey National Trust home

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