Learn about Faberge eggs

  • A Russian folk tradition of wooden egg painting. Courtesy

  • A Faberge Imperial Egg. Courtesy

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Artist and historian Marina Forbes will lead two presentations on Faberge eggs at the Chichester Public Library.

On Friday at 7 p.m., Forbes will present an illustrated lecture focusing on the work of Russian jeweler and artist Peter Carl Faberge.

She will show a photo tour of the Faberge collection at the Shuvalov Palace, the Kremlin Armory Museum and others.

Egg painting plays an important role in Russian folk culture. It was elevated to a fine art under the patronage of tsars.

Forbes will discuss the history of these eggs, their role in the dramatic events of the last decades of Romanov rule in Russia, and in the years following the Bolshevik Revolution.

On Saturday, the library will host a workshop and presentation for families with children age 6 and older from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This presentation will also cover the history of Faberge’s eggs and Russian crafts.

For $10 to cover materials, visitors will be able to paint their own wooden egg. Contact the library at 789-5613 to register.

The presentations are free and open to the public due to a grant from the N.H. Humanities Council. For more information, visit nhhumanities.org or marinaforbes.com.