A new exhibition, Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Faberge, will showcase 150 pieces of some of Russia’s most opulent pieces of decorative art from the 18th and 19th Centuries, many of which have never been seen before.

David Roche first visited Russia in the early 1990s and was enchanted by the country, its people and its art. He spent the last two decades of his life – with the assistance of Martyn Cook – assembling a collection of nearly 100 pieces of the best Russian art.

This collection remains the most significant collection of its type in Australia said Robert Reason, Museum Director of The David Roche Foundation House Museum.

For the first time, David’s items are on display together alongside some of the finest Russian pieces from other Australian collections, private and public. The exhibition covers the period from Catherine the Great through to the fall of the Romanov dynasty in 1917, and the tragic end of the Imperial family.