On view through January 15, 2012, Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection brings to Pittsburgh more than 100 objects made by the renowned House of Faberge
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Frick Art & Historical Center is proud to present the first major exhibition of Faberge objects to be shown in Pittsburgh. On view at The Frick Art Museum October 23, 2011 through January 15, 2012, Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection features more than 100 objects made by the world-renowned House of Faberge, goldsmith and jeweler to the Russian court. To complement this exhibition, the Frick is displaying select items from its collection of fine 18th- and 19th-century Russian decorative arts, including an enameled Russian tea set made by A.I. Kuzmichev, purchased by Henry Clay Frick through Tiffany & Co. in 1894, and Russian silver purchased by Helen Clay Frick.
The exhibition is part of a unique site-wide Faberge experience at the Frick that includes: a special installation at Clayton, All That Glitters: Luxury in the Gilded Age, which focuses on decorative luxury objects in the collection manufactured by firms such as Tiffany; Gorham; and Bailey, Banks and Biddle; an installation of Rolls-Royce automobiles at the Car and Carriage Museum; a special Faberge Exhibition Shop inspired by the opulent and glittering world of Faberge and Russian decorative and folk art; Russian-inspired menu items at The Cafe at the Frick; a broad range of public programs; and extended hours of operation.
Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Pittsburgh presentation is made possible through the generous support of First National Bank of Pennsylvania and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Laurel Foundation.Frick Art & Historical Center Director Bill Bodine comments, "We are excited to present this very special exhibition and unique site-wide celebration of Faberge. This exhibition provides us with the exciting opportunity to share a selection of rarely seen pieces from our decorative arts collection while examining and enjoying the brilliance of one of the world's finest manufacturers of luxury objects. Faberge represents the high quality craftsmanship and ingenuity that flourished around the turn of the 20th century—the time the Frick family resided at Clayton. The Frick's presentation of Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection has involved a tremendous amount of planning and preparation, and we look forward to welcoming many visitors during the upcoming three-month-long celebration." Information regarding Faberge at the Frick is available at www.FabergeAtTheFrick.org. The Frick Art & Historical Center is a museum of the Gilded Age located on over five acres of beautifully landscaped gardens in Pittsburgh's East End. Comprising several historic buildings that house its multiple collections, the museum is the legacy of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick, one of America's greatest industrialists and art collectors. SOURCE Frick Art & Historical Center