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Coburg ivory at the Getty
The Getty Museum in Los Angeles features an ornamental turned ivory object created by the German sculptor Marcus Heiden in the early 17th century. Heiden's fragile and intricate ivory objects were plundered as spoils of war in Coburg in 1632, and were placed in the Florentine treasure house of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, today called the Museo degli Argenti (Museum of Silver Objects). It appears at least one of them has been spirited off to the United States as part of the Getty Museum collection in Los Angeles, California.
Original vs. modern-style Fabergé
Objects from the House of Fabergé were made up until the Russian Revolution in 1918, when the Bolsheviks closed down the shop in St. Petersburg. Soon after, objects were sold by the Soviet government throughout the world and began appearing at auctions in the 1930s. In the 1950s, Fabergé's grandson Theo began creating elegant objets d’art from rare wood and ivory using a Holtzapffel lathe. In 1984, he was persuaded to produce the more originally styled "St. Petersburg Collection" which his daughter Sarah continues today. Additionally, in the early 1990s, major American museums that owned authentic Fabergé allowed licensed reproductions to be made for sale in their museum stores.
- Fabergé in the 21st Century - A Timeline of the Fabergé Lineage
- Creations by Theo & Sarah Fabergé (warning: resizes browser)
Gallery of Ornamental Turning
Where can I see ornamental turnings?
Museums and antique dealers showing ivory works and ornamental turnings created by European craftsmen from the 17th through 19th centuries:
- Bayerisches National Museum (Munich, Germany)
- Elfenbein Museum Erbach (Erbach, Germany)
- European Decorative Arts Company (New York City, New York)
- Galleria Regionale della Sicilia (Sicily, Italy)
- Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California) [Coburg Ivory]
- Grünes Gewölbe (Dresden, Germany)
- Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna, Austria)
- Mallett Antiques - Dealers of Exceptional Antiques (London, England)
- Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City, New York)
- Musée du Conservatoire des Artes et Métiers (Paris, France)
- Museo Degli Argenti of the Pitti Palace (Florence, Italy)
- Rosenborg Castle (Copenhagen, Denmark)
- Science Museum (London, England)
Fabergé eggs and other objects created by the House of Fabergé are often on display at museums throughout the world. Here are a few:
- Armoury Museum (Moscow, Russia)
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art (Nashville, TN)
- Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH)
- Fabergé Museum in the Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg, Russia). View many pieces online using the virtual tour (search by workmaster).
- Fersman Mineralogical Museum (Moscow, Russia)
- Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens (Washington, DC)
- Link of Times Foundation Fabergé Collection (Russia). Objects from the foundation's collection are shown in exhibitions throughout Russia.
- New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA) – Eighty-two Fabergé objects.
- Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II (London, England). Objects from the permanent collection are shown from time to time. Check for schedule.
- Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, VA)
- Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)
- Production list and original owners of the Fabergé eggs
- Current location and pictures of the Fabergé eggs
Museums and galleries showing contemporary ornamental turning work:
- The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, HI)
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA)
- White House Collection (Washington, DC)
- The Center for Art In Wood (Philadelphia, PA)
- 2012 – Wizardy In Wood, Carpenters Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London (October 16 – 20, 2012)
- 2011 – SOT at Bristol Model Engineering Show, The Leisure Centre, Thornbury (August 19, 20 and 21, 2011)
- 2011 – Exotic Woods, Metal Cutters and Dale Chase: Ornamental Turning from the Walter Balliet Collection, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, P. (March 4 through July 23, 2011)
- 2008 – Wizardry in Wood, Carpenters Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London (June 4–6, 2008)
- 2008 – Exhibition of Paintings and Ornamental Turning, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, UK (April 5 – 22, 2008)
- 2008 – Rose Engines and Kings: Contemporary Ornamental Turning 2008, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, PA (February 1 – March 22, 2008)
- 2005 – M. Dale Chase Solo Exhibition, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
- 1995 – Ornamental Turnings: An Exhibition of Embellished Containers Created on Ornamental Lathes, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. July 15 through August 15, 1995. This was the first OT show in America, with works by Armbruster, Chase, DuPlessis, Fletcher, Giesmann, Krick, and Sauer.
- Go to early exhibitions of ornamental turning