An exclusive loan arrangement between the Royal Collection of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and the Houston Museum of Natural Science will be the centerpiece of the new Dorothy and Artie McFerrin Gallery housed in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals when it opens April 10th.
The first installation in the gallery is the new special exhibition Fabergé: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise, which explores the innovation and enterprising spirit of Carl Fabergé that inspired him to create an array of functional and commemorative items as well as exquisite pieces of jewelry. The highlight of the show is the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg on display with its original surprise—a small jeweled mechanical elephant —generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. It is the first time the pieces have been seen together in over a century. Hear the tale behind the discovery of the elephant in a cabinet at Buckingham Palace from Senior Curator of the Royal Collection Trust, Caroline de Guitaut.