Thursday, 14 July 2016

Fabergé and Nicholas II’s Meeting

Did Fabergé ever meet with Nicholas II? Speculation is widespread, proof never discovered. I am convinced the two men did meet.

Nicholas II delighted in old table settings. After ordering the Diamond room in the Winter Palace to be relocated from the 3rd floor to the 1st floor in 1895, a Museum of Porcelain and Silver was then placed on the 3rd floor over the Small Church
Nicholas II’s diaries reveal his fascination.

Monday, February 8th, 1899 “… Uncle Sergei and Ella for lunch. We walked upstairs with them to look at the museum of old table settings …”
Wednesday, March 27th, 1902 “… I looked over the famous collection of Russian porcelains and crystals in Nikolasha’s house …”

Friday, April 12th, 1902 “… I showed Nikolasha the porcelain museum upstairs …”

Previously in 1898 in Tsarskoe Selo, Nicholas wrote on Tuesday, June 2nd “…We looked over things in the Arsenal - old interesting table settings, various porcelains, faience and crystal objects, kept from time immemorial…” and on Thursday June 11th, 1898 “…Fredericks for lunch…”.

It was a semi-official visit to the Arsenal with court procedures in place including museum staff to attend their majesties.
In the following days, the senior curator of the Imperial Hermitage wrote to the Minister of the Court, V.B. Fredericks, on June 25th, 1898 “…the court jeweller Fabergé informed me that the Emperor has deigned to order a peacock table decoration and it pleased His Majesty to point to the Peacock located in the jewellery gallery of the Imperial Hermitage. Due to this, Fabergé turned to me with a request for approval for him and his mechanic to go to the Hermitage to study the internal structure of the said mechanism…” On the paper is the ministerial resolution ‘Allow’.  

The statement ‘Fabergé informed me that the Emperor has deigned to order’ is crucial. He would have been an attendee at the Arsenal and conversed with the Emperor.
Are you convinced?

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