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18 June 2019Annual General Meeting followed by The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé - After the Revolution
21 May 2019The Fascinating World of Playing Cards
16 April 2019Shaken by an Earthquake - Igor Stravinsky, the Ballets Russes and the astonishing 1913 premier of the Rite of Spring
19 March 2019The Magnificent Maya-Fact and Fantasy
19 February 2019Hidden Canvasses: Street Art and the City
15 January 2019Norfolk's Power Houses: Raynham, Houghton, Wolterton and Holkham
20 November 2018Tribal Rugs: 'Treasures of the Black Tent' 19th Century Rugs & Weavings of the Persian & Central Asian Tribes
16 October 2018La Mortella: Sir William and Lady Walton's Italian Garden Paradise
18 September 2018A Photographic Odyssey: Shackleton's Endurance Expedition Captured on Camera
19 June 2018Annual General Meeting followed by Velazquez - The Great Magician of Art
15 May 2018The Most Infamous Family In History: The Borgias
17 April 2018Sutton Hoo and the Golden Age of Old England
20 March 2018Mars and Muses - The Renaissance Art of Armour
20 February 2018Things that go Bump in the night - why medieval buildings fall down
16 January 2018The History of the English Garden
21 November 2017The Glasgow Girls - Women in Art and Design in Glasgow 1890-1920
17 October 2017A Portrait of Lord Nelson
19 September 2017Wonder Workers and the Art of Illusion (The history of Magic through Art and Pictures)
20 June 2017AGM followed by Music and Instruments at the Tudor Courts
16 May 2017A Galaxy of Starchitects
18 April 2017The Interiors of Jane Austen's Heroines
21 March 2017Perdita Robinson: Actress, Poet and Fashion Icon
21 February 2017Beneath the City Streets - London's Unseen History
17 January 2017The Art of Piero della Francesca
15 November 2016The Honourable East India Company and East-West Trade: Chintz, Chinese Export and Chinoiserie 1600-1800
18 October 2016England's Golden Age of Cabinet Making
20 September 2016Absolutely Classic! Neoclassicism in Regency England
21 June 2016AGM followed by Riviera Paradise: Art, Design and Pleasure in the 1920's and '30s

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Annual General Meeting followed by The Imperial Easter Eggs of Carl Fabergé - After the Revolution Toby Faber Tuesday 18 June 2019

Between 1885 and 1916, Carl Fabergé made fifty jewelled eggs – Easter presents from Russia’s last two emperors to their wives. Since the brutal murder of the last tsar and his family in a Siberian basement, these eggs have become the most famous surviving symbols of the Romanov Empire: both supreme examples of the jeweller’s art and the vulgar playthings of a decadent court. After going missing in the Revolution, most of the eggs re-emerged in the store-rooms of the Kremlin, where they were immediately identified as a source of much-needed foreign exchange. Their subsequent history holds up a mirror to the twentieth century and encompasses Bolsheviks and entrepreneurs, tycoons and heiresses, con-men and queens. Eggs have been sold and smuggled, stolen and forged. Now, as they return to Russia, their history – like that of Russia itself - seems to have come full circle. Then there are the eight eggs which remain missing. What prospect is there that they will ever emerge, and if they do, will anyone believe that they are genuine? Toby Faber wrote Fabergé’s Eggs: One Man’s Masterpieces and the End of an Empire, described by P.D. James as a ‘fascinating story which combines unique decorative art, contemporary culture, history and the murder of the Romanovs with the excitement of a crime novel’. The lecture is illustrated with pictures of the eggs today and their owners, and with archival material showing some of the missing eggs.