The Russian Nobility Association provided a grant to the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts, for the exhibition Tradition & Opulence: Easter in Imperial Russia. The special exhibition, which explores the material culture of Orthodox Easter traditions has been extended, and is open to the public until October 25, 2020.

From opulent jeweled creations to humble embroidered examples, no country is more closely associated with the tradition of exchanging decorated Easter eggs than Russia.  This exhibition, of almost 200 objects, includes works by the Fabergé firm and its competitors, porcelain eggs, icons, and vintage easter postcards and ephemera from museums and collectors around the world.

The exhibition highlights the unique objects which were created for the imperial family, the aristocracy, and the everyday people of Russia during Easter, the “feast of feasts.”  The exhibition contains objects from the McFerrin Collection at the Natural History Museum, Houston; The Russian History Museum, Jordanville, NY; the Rodzianko Family collection, Tbilisi, Georgia; and private collections from around the US.

The Russian Nobility Association is pleased to support this exhibition, on view until October 25, 2020.

Image: Egg-shaped desk clock Firm of Fabergé, workmaster Mikhail Perkhin St. Petersburg, Russia, before 1903. Bowenite, gilded silver, enamel. Private collection, New York, NY. Courtesy Museum of Russian Icons