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Episode Four
Modern Times

In the fourth episode of the BBC Four series, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores how royal collecting has changed since the days of Queen Victoria.  In the late 19th and  early 20th century masterpieces from the celebrated Russian jeweller, Fabergé, entered the Royal Collection, including one of the most sophisticated and extraordinary of the Imperial Easter Eggs – the Mosaic Egg – purchased by King George V for Queen Mary in 1933.  Andrew discovers the world's most famous dolls' house, on display at Windsor Castle, and meets HRH The Prince of Wales, Chairman of Royal Collection Trust, to discuss his recent portrait commissions of veterans of the Second World War, and the continued importance of the Collection.

Highlight objects featured in the episode

August Wilhelm Holmström (1829-1903)

The Mosaic Egg

Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914)

Bakshiram

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens (1869-1944)

Queen Mary's Dolls' House

Ishbel Myerscough (b. 1968)

Raymond 'Tich' Rayner (1919-2015)