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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Royal Faberge Exhibition on show in London

20th September 2011

Connoisseurs of fine taste staying in luxury suites in London may be interested in attending the Royal Fabergé Exhibition, which is currently taking place in the capital.

Staged at Buckingham Palace until October 3rd 2011, the exhibition brings together an impressive range of more than 100 decorative eggs and jewel encrusted boxes from the 19th and 20th centuries.

The special exhibition focuses on the opulent works of the famous Russian jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé, who is mainly known for his relationship with the imperial Romanov dynasty.

Attendees will have the chance to view exquisite Easter eggs, cigarette cases, animal sculptures, desk cocks and photograph frames.

Highlights of the exhibition include a double photograph frame containing official portraits of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, taken by Dorothy Wilding in 1946 to mark a tour of southern Africa the following year, and one of Fabergé's most notable creations, a study of cornflowers and oats.

The piece was purchased by Queen Elizabeth on June 27th 1944 to brighten a wartime shelter room at Buckingham Palace.

There will also be a chance to see the Mosaic Imperial Egg, which was made from tiny cut rubies, emeralds and diamonds, and a cigarette case given to King Edward VII by his sister-in-law the dowager Tsarina Marie Feodorovna to mark the occasion of his 40th wedding anniversary on March 10th 1903.

Made of yellow, red and white gold, the case includes the cipher of Edward and Alexandra set in diamonds.

Caroline de Guitaut, curator of the exhibition, said: "The British Royal Collection of Faberge is unique and gives a remarkable insight into the dynastic relationships between the British, Danish and Russian royal families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

"The exhibition shows a royal enthusiasm for Fabergé that has lasted more than 100 years."

Tickets are priced from £10 to £17.50.

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