On Tuesday, January 31, the top seed in singles Simona Halep and ex-world No.1, defending champion of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in doubles Martina Hingis visited the Faberge Museum. They were joined by Alexei Selivanenko, vice-president of the Russian Tennis Federation, and Roland Garros-1997 champion, member of the organizing committee of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Iva Majoli.
The museum located in the Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka River is the brain child of famous architect Giacomo Quarenghi. Even though it opened not so long time ago, its collection is really unique. Tennis players watched with great interest the items displayed in the spacious halls. The guide drew their attention to the most famous pieces of the collection.
«Though Peter Carl Faberge has a French surname, he is from Russia. I saw it in Wikipedia», – commented Martina Hingis much to the surprise of her peers. «Yes, he was born here, studied in Europe, but then returned to our country, because he loved it a lot», – the guide echoed Martina’s words.
The real gem of the Museum collection are the nine Imperial Easter Eggs created by the famous jeweler for the families of the last two Russian emperors – Alexander III and Nikolay II. Agape, the tennis players would interrupt the guide with a couple of “Wows”.
«Every time you see such beautiful things, you understand how skillful the craftsmen of the pat were, how delicate and colorful their creations are», – said Majoli.
«Faberge, apparently, had a rich imagination and obviously loved jewels», – Halep sneaked in.
«It’s something unbelievable, so crafty, so many small details. And it was created some centuries ago, it’s fantastic. Great colors, handmade filigree», – concluded Martina Hingis and thanked the organizers of the tournament for providing each time a new opportunity to visit more interesting places in St. Petersburg.