When Willie Nelson sang, "Miracles appear in the strangest of places, fancy meeting you here," he could just as well have been speaking of the byzantine series of events that led the Queen of England to loan the Houston Museum of Natural Science this collection of prize Faberge eggs, which coincidentally, inaugurate the new Dorothy and Artie McFerrin Gallery within the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals.
Do not come hungry, for the biggest surprise is this---the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, inside of which was packed an ingenious mechanical elephant. This elephant surprise was the first of many motion-capable mechanisms devised by Faberge. Furthermore, this exhibition marks the reunion of the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg with its elephant companion piece. The exhibition will be on view from April 10 to April 18, with a first look for museum members beginning April 8.