At the Sonoma County Museum: 200 Years of Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs

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Notice of this upcoming exhibition appeared in my inbox last week. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Decorative Arts Under the Romanvs was organized by the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary, and will be on view at the Sonoma County Museum beginning February 25.

The exhibit includes about 160 pieces, much of it by Faberge, including porcelain services, glassware, enamel, silver gilt, and decorated eggs. Many of these are grouped by tsar, which helps to illustrate major social or political trends of each tsars’ reign.

What’s nice is that there is an actual connection between Russian history and Sonoma County: It’s the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of Fort Ross. “Fort Ross was a thriving Russian-American Company settlement from 1812 to 1841. This commercial company chartered by Russia’s tsarist government controlled all Russian exploration, trade and settlement in the North Pacific, and established permanent settlements in Alaska and California.”
As  you’ll see in the notice below, the opening reception is February 25, and includes a $2 discount for anyone who arrives dressed in a Russian-themed costume.
Figures of Hunter, Woman from Kamtchatka, Woman in Coat, Man from Kamtchatka, Samoyed Man, Kabardian Man, Woman in yellow; Tartar from Kazan; Porcelain; c. 1785-1800; Imperial Porcelain Factory, Russia (click for source)
The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs at the Sonoma County Museum
Opening Reception Saturday, February 25, 5-7pm
Vodka bar, Russian music & food, Museum members are free, $15 admission for non-members
$2 discount for wearing Russian-themed costumes

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Curator’s Tour of The Tsars’ Cabinet

April 6, 2012, 11:00am-12:00pm
A behind-the-scenes look at creating the Tsars’ Cabinet exhibition. Cost: $4 in addition to regular Museum admission.
Bruce Elliott Lecture on the Romanovs and St. Petersburg
Thursday March 7, 2012, 6:00-7:30pm
Bruce Elliott, professor and lecturer at SRJC will discuss the Romanov dynasty and the construction of St. Petersburg. Cost: $8 Members / $10 Non-Members

Family Day
Saturday March 17, 2012, 11:00am-2:00pm
Activities, hands-on crafts, and decorative arts demonstrations themed on The Tsars’ Cabinet. Free admission for children 12 and under, and free for members of the museum. Regular admission applies for all others.

Steven Bittner Lecture on Russian History and the Aristocracy
Thursday April 12, 2012, 6:00-7:30pm
Steven Bittner, professor of Soviet History at Sonoma State University, will lecture on Russian history from the 18th century to 1917. Cost: $8 Members / $10 Non-Members

For more on the Fort Ross Anniversary celebration, click here.

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