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The Black Photographers Annual

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The Black Photographers Annual

From 1973 to 1980, a group of African American artists...
Donor Story

Lillian Thomas Pratt

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Donor Story

Lillian Thomas Pratt

Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s extensive Russian decorative arts collection...
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Alphonse Mucha: Paris 1900

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Alphonse Mucha: Paris 1900

Czechoslovakian artist Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939) was a featured artist at...

Lillian Thomas Pratt

Donor Story

Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s extensive Russian decorative arts collection is in large part attributed to one donor, Mrs. Lillian Thomas Pratt, whose collection of more than 400 Russian decorative arts objects all began with a fork.

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Mrs. Pratt's Timeline

Learn more about Mrs. Pratt and the collection she built

Lillian Thomas Pratt’s Fabergé: Shopping, Collecting, Remembering
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This intimate documentary unveils the world-renowned Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts at the VMFA through recollections of family members and others who share their experiences about Mrs. Pratt, the passionate collector, and the facts behind the fantasies.

The David Frost Show
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A wonderful clip from the December 31, 1971 episode of “The David Frost Show.” At the live taping in New York City, VMFA staffer Fred Haseltine showcases the imperial eggs while David jokes about stealing some diamonds and even knocks one of the eggs over while moving the display table.

Imperial Rock Crystal Egg
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VMFA Faberge Imperial Egg with Revolving Miniatures

Mrs. Pratt's Library

Mrs. Pratt’s personal library was also donated to the museum upon her death, and the contents confirm her fascination with Russian history and culture. Her library also included several private editions about her collection published by Hammer Galleries.


Mrs. Pratt's Archive

Mrs. Pratt’s archive documents the formation of her collection, during that time that she purchased most of her Fabergé collection from the Schaffer Collection and Hammer Galleries, both of New York City, in the 1930s and 1940s. Comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, and detailed item descriptions, this collection illuminates Pratt’s mind as a collector, as well as her relationship with one of her dealers, Alexander Schaffer.

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Fabergé at VMFA App

Available for mobile and tablet, the Fabergé at VMFA app has a little something for everyone. For history lovers, the app sheds light on the many stories behind the collection, including the rise of Karl Fabergé and his workshop, the tragic fall of the Romanovs, and Mrs. Pratt’s keen collecting eye. For families, it features a fairytale pathway that tells the story of Ivan and the Gray Wolf using images from VMFA’s rare book collection. The app also includes a Fabergé egg “workshop” where users can design and share their very own eggs.

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Listen to "Art on the Air" Episodes about Fabergé's Artistry

Faberge
VMFA in association with New Millienium Studios
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Faberge
VMFA in association with New Millienium Studios
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