The House of Fabergé designed the renowned Imperial Easter Eggs for the Romanov family, as well as an array of objets d'art, luxurious gifts and practical items for the wealthy patrons of Europe. Visitors can glimpse this grandeur in a special exhibition, Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision, from the McFerrin Collection and hear from more than half a dozen internationally-recognized experts including Tatiana Fabergé, the great-granddaughter of Carl Fabergé, during a special one-day symposium.
The symposium features presentations by the internationally-recognized experts, specialized tours of the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and Smith Gem Vault and preview of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection before it opens to the public. A demonstration of gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques used by Fabergé craftsmen-cabochon and stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé-will be presented by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild. Breakfast and lunch and are included in the Symposium ticket.
Featuring more than 350 objects, highlights include two Fabergé eggs recently added to the collection — the breathtaking Diamond Trellis Imperial Egg and one of the celebrated Kelch Eggs. The exhibition also includes past favorites such as the famed Nobel Ice Egg, the dazzling Empress Josephine Tiara and the ornate Fire Screen Frame, a gift from Tsar Nicholas II to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna.