Imperial Porcelain, Fabergé and Lobortas – The Merging of Two Arts
A collection of Imperial Porcelain – Fabergé and Lobortas have been combined in a unique collection, bringing together two arts –porcelain and jewelry, for the first time. This collection is unique in being the largest private collection of Easter Eggs by Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory and is the third world's largest but the one in the Hermitage. The State Hermitage Museum accepted the collection of the Imperial porcelain factory under its management. The collection has been formed since the factory's establishment along with the collection of porcelain Easter Eggs of the Romanov Dynasty gathered by the State Historical Museum, which collected it from the mid-18th century until the dissolution of the Russian Empire.
Illustrated album, dedicated to the largest private antique collection
of unique porcelain eggs of the 18th-20th centuries by
the Imperial Porcelain Factory, from Catherine II the Great to Nicholas II of Russia.
But unique is the fact that a single egg was a candlestick-shaped one and made of silver by famous Fabergé out of 297 porcelain Easter Eggs destined to decorate icons in the form of pendants with fabric strips.
The new owner of the collection, who wished to remain anonymous, submitted the remaining 296 eggs for bids among a number of well-known contemporary companies to make a new idea to develop and manufacture special pedestals for them. Moreover, the difficulty was that some fabric pendants survived, so the owner wished to keep them as historical value, despite their old appearance, because they were owned by the historical crowned heads. Having applied traditional production of preliminary designs, Classic Jewelry House "Lobortas" has won tender. The House made several types of pedestals, by meeting the plot, drawn on porcelain eggs. It took more than six months to design and fabricate new silver stands, crowning eggs with imperial crowns.
It took the same amount of time to release new illustrated album dedicated to the updated collection. Since then, the collection has gained particular presentableness and mobility for permanent exhibition activities and probably it would become the world's most famous one due to this opportunity. It originally becomes the flagship among other private collections among which there are the famous private museums such as the Hillwood in Washington, the USA, or Fabergé Museum of Viktor Vekselberg in St. Petersburg, Russia.
From this point, the story, combining porcelain with jewelry art, has just started its new movement, because collectors around the world have many masterpieces, created during the Great Russian Empire at the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Thus those precious stands will manage to climb the "pedestal" and will be traveling in history through the ages together with its famous "masters" – porcelain eggs.