Putin’s £9m birthday gift to the Hermitage
Source:the art newspaper Author:Sophia Kishkovsky Date: 2014-12-11 Size:
The Russian President presented the 250-year-old museum with a Fabergé egg and discussed plans for regional outposts

Putin at the State Hermitage Museum’s 250th birthday

The Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared at the State Hermitage Museum’s 250th birthday party on Monday bearing suitably grand gifts for an institution that traces its roots back to Catherine the Great’s art collection: a clock created for the 25th wedding anniversary of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna and a clock-egg by Carl Fabergé, the jeweller to the tsars.

Putin identified that latter piece as an egg made for the Rothschild family. In an interview with the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets, Alexander Ivanov, a Russian businessman who opened the Fabergé Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany, confirmed that the egg was the one he bought at Christie’s in 2007 for a record £9m.

During the presentation, Putin praised the Hermitage for its cultural outreach and said he had discussed plans with the museum’s director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, to open satellites in Yekaterinburg, Omsk and Vladivostok.

“Plans are in place, and one way or another, the plans are moving forward,” Putin said according to a transcript on the Kremlin website. “I am certain—absolutely certain—that these museums will be unique, not just as regional centres but as national attractions.”

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