Exhibition "Carl Faberge and Feodor Rückert. Masterpieces of Russian Enamel” in the Moscow Kremlin Museums

From October 9, 2020 to January 10, 2021, the Moscow Kremlin Museums are hosting the exhibition “Carl Faberge and Feodor Rückert. Masterpieces of Russian Enamel”. The exhibition halls of the Assumption Belfry and the Patriarchal Palace present about four hundred works of precious metals covered with enamel of the Russian jewelry firms that were created in the 19th - early 20th centuries. The works of the great Russian jewellers and enamellers that worked at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, from more than twenty museums and private collections of Russia and the UK are presented for the first time in the project that is dedicated to the works of the Court jeweller of the Russian tsars Carl Faberge and creative work of the outstanding Russian “enamel painter” Feodor Rückert presented on one exhibition site.

Forty-five unique items created in the workshops of C. Fabergé, F. Rückert, P. Ovchinnikov, E. Cheryatov, M. Adler, A. Lyubavin, O. Kurlyukov, A. Kuzmichev, I. Khlebnikov, G. Klingert and F. Lorie were provided by the museum Collection.

Fabergé and Rückert were linked by long and fruitful cooperation: Feodor Rückert created enamel works commissioned by Carl Fabergé, and worked for the famous Russian firms of Pavel Ovchinnikov and Ivan Khlebnikov - the Imperial Court suppliers, and for other famous Moscow enterprises as well.

The works presented at the exhibition highlight the complete range of the most complicated enamel techniques - from cloisonné and champlevé enamel to luminous, resembling medieval stained glass window, as well as painted enamel. The items with miniature copies of the paintings by V. Vasnetsov, K. Makovsky, I. Kulikov, S. Solomko, F. Sychkov, V. Vereshchagin and other prominent artists - are worth particular attention.

Many items are not only fine examples of the virtuoso skill of Russian silversmiths and enamellers, but have historical and memorial significance as well. Some of them were diplomatic gifts, others were marked with official imperial symbols - they were presented on behalf of a Monarch, and, finally, the private, family gifts, signs of love and attention, which feature the engraved inscriptions in various languages. They testify to the fact that the works of Russian enamellers were loved and popular all over the world, and now they adorn the largest museum collections and arouse the keen interest of all who love and appreciate the national jewelry business.

Unique works of Carl Faberge and Feodor Rückert are presented in the museum Collection in the sections “Russian enamel”, “Russian metal artworks”, “Jewellery” and “Lapidary works of art”.