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The TSAR’s Cabinet : The Luxury and Romance of the Romanovs

Sun Jan 08 to Oct 13, All Day

October 13 – January 8, 2012

Starting October 13, visitors to Toronto’s Gardiner Museum will be transported to another time and place through the evocative exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet.

photo-tsarscabinet-catherine The Tsars’ Cabinet presents more than 200 examples of decorative arts, including objects with Fabergé mounts, gilded dinner services, imperial porcelain eggs, and historic court photographs that document the extravagance and sumptuousness of life in palaces and yachts during the Romanov era.

The exhibition follows the history of the tsars and their family, including Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. The Tsars’ Cabinet also features intimate Romanov family photographs from the Toronto-based Di Rocco Wieler Private Collection and personal artifacts once owned by Grand Duchess Olga, the younger sister of Tsar Nicholas II, who spent her final years living in Toronto.

Most of the objects in the exhibition were specifically designed for and used by the tsars and members of the Russian imperial family.  The pieces include magnificent examples of works from the Imperial Porcelain Factory, the Imperial Glassworks, and the private firms of Fabergé and Ovichinnikov.  Many of the objects are extremely rare and offer one of the best opportunities to see outstanding imperial Russian art outside of Russia.

The Tsars’ Cabinet was developed from the exceptional private collection of Kathleen Durdin, and organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, in collaboration with International Arts + Artists, Washington D.C.

The Gardiner Museum is the first stop of an international tour.

Programs and Events

Holiday Wine + Cheese

Friday December 2, 2011 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy wine tasting, live music, hors d’oeuvres by Chef Jamie Kennedy, holiday decorating tips by Michelle Mawby (interior designer and resident design expert on The Marilyn Dennis Show) and museum admission to Twelve Trees of Christmas and The Tsars’ Cabinet – for only $40.

Russian Christmas Traditions
Tuesday December 6, 2011
12 – 1:30 pm
Speaker: Dr. Karen Kettering, Sotheby’s New York


Media Release: Be transported to Tsarist Russia and
discover Toronto’s connection to thephoto-tsarscabinet-egg Romanov Dynasty [ Download ]

Above: Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra with their four daughters, Peterhof, c. 1901. Photo by Rafail Sergeevich Levitsky. Reproduced courtesy of the Di Rocco Wieler Private Collection.