Fabergé Symposium

Nov. 3 & 4, 2016
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The Wonder of Fabergé: A Study of the McFerrin Collection
More than doubling in size since the 2013 Houston Fabergé Symposium, the McFerrin Collection now totals nearly 600 objects and will be displayed in its entirety for a limited time at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in our special exhibition Fabergé: From a Snowflake to an Iceberg. Recent acquisitions focus on rare Imperial pieces with fascinating stories. Join us as renowned Fabergé researchers discuss the genius of Fabergé and his place in history as related to the royalties of Europe.

Welcome Dinner – The Wonder of Fabergé
Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Hotel ZaZa’s Art Gallery
Register online or call (713) 639-4629.

The symposium kicks-off on the evening of November 3 at Hotel ZaZa’s Art Gallery where you will enjoy a seated dinner and presentation by Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm of Finland entitled “Fabergé in the Light of 20th Century European Jewelry.” As a historical phenomenon Carl Fabergé has had a unique impact—through him and his work the world has learned about the fin de siècle in Russian history. Objects chosen from the McFerrin Collection will be used as illustrations for this study.

Fabergé Symposium – The Wonder of Fabergé
Friday, Nov. 4, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
HMNS, Arnold Hall and exhibition galleries
Register online or call (713) 639-4629.

The Fabergé Symposium “The Wonder of Fabergé, A Study of the McFerrin Collection” on November 4 features sessions presented by world-renown Fabergé experts with space allotted for Q&A. The confirmed speakers include Tim Adams of San Diego, Dr. Galina Korneva of Russia, Christel McCanless of Alabama, Mark Moehrke of New York, Mikhail Ovchinnikov of Russia, and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler of Washington DC.

  • Symposium Sessions
    • Imperial Gifts Created by Fabergé for the Coronation of Nicholas II, New Archival Research
      Dr. Galina Korneva, Independent Researcher,
      St. Petersburg, Russia
    • Fabergé Smoking Accessories: Materials and Techniques of a New Art Form
      Tim Adams, Art Historian, San Diego and Christel Ludewig McCanless, Editor and Publisher of Fabergé Research Newsletter, Huntsville, Alabama
    • Fabergé Silver-Mounted Art Glass
      Mark Moehrke, Independent Researcher, New York, New York
    • From Canvas to Silver: Enameled and Repoussé “Paintings” in Russian Jewelry at the Turn of the 20th Century
      Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Curator at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, Washington, D.C.
    • Fabergé’s Renaissance Style Objects in the Context of 19th Century European Revival Jewelry
      Mikhail Ovchinnikov, Curator of the Fabergé Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

Lunch will feature an informal discussion with collectors Artie and Dorothy McFerrin who will tell entertaining stories behind the building of their collection and also entertain questions from symposium participants.
The afternoon includes a viewing of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, the Museum’s world-renown Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and Smith Gem Vault which features several Fabergé pieces from the a private Houston collector. A selection of Fabergé books will be available for signing by the authors.

Unique to Houston, the Energy Capital of the World, is the high concentration of geologists. To utilize the specialized talent of HMNS staff and docents who have a unique knowledge in geology, mineralogy, gemology and Fabergé, you will be able to bring your Fabergé pieces for these experts to identify the unprecedented variety of materials—from precious gems to ordinary stone—that Fabergé craftsmen used in their objects works. You will be amazed at what you will find out about your piece. Not only what the material is, but where it came from.

A demonstration of gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques used by Fabergé craftsmen—cabochon and stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé—will be presented by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild.

Museum Admission Discount
Symposium attendees will receive a discounted rate for all Houston Museum of Natural Science attractions and exhibition halls—including the McFerrin Faberge Collection—on November 3 and 5.


For those traveling to Houston, special rates have been negotiated with two hotels.

Residence Inn, Medical Center
7710 South Main Street, Houston, Texas 77030 ǀ (713) 660-7993
$99 per night plus taxes and fees. This hotel offers both complimentary breakfast and shuttle service to HMNS. Space is limited, so early reservations are recommended. Located a direct 3-mile drive from HMNS. Click here to make online reservation with group rate.
Hotel ZaZa
5701 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005 ǀ (713) 526-1991
$259 per night plus taxes and fees. Located a block from the HMNS. Space is limited at this upscale, boutique hotel. Call the hotel directly for reservations at 1-888-880-3244 with group code HMN113, or click here to download a registration request and email to houstonreservations@hotelzaza.com or fax to (713) 527-1839.

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