Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - Sunday, September 13, 2015

Drawn from a remarkable collection of Imperial porcelain owned by Raymond Piper, the exhibition will include approximately seventy presentation Easter eggs featuring Russian orthodox saints, Imperial monograms, traditional Russian geometric patterns, ornate floral designs, and more. These beautifully painted porcelain Easter eggs were produced at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Commissioned by the Romanov Imperial family, porcelain eggs were presented to relatives, friends, and courtiers at Easter time. The art of painted eggs reached perfection during the reigns of Nicholas I (1825-1855) and Alexander III (1881-1894).

Also included in the exhibition are eggs from other notable 19th century porcelain factories, porcelain vases, and photographs of the Imperial family.