Pittsburgh’s Frick Hosts ‘Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection’

The exhibit will be open through January 15, 2012.

fabergeboxThe Frick Art & Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is presenting an exhibition of Faberge objects through January 15, 2012. The exhibit, ”Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection” features more than 100 objects made by the 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 and Russian-inspired menu items at The Cafe at the Frick.

Faberge: The Hodges Family Collection is organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art. The Pittsburgh presentation was made possible through the First National Bank of Pennsylvania and the Richard King Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Laurel Foundation.

Bill Bodine, the Frick Art & Historical Center’s director, said, ”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.”

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