Current Exhibition

Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé

12 July – 21 December

David Roche first travelled to Russia in 1994 and was overwhelmed by the opulent art and palaces of St Petersburg. His amazement and joy turned to a passion for collecting Russian art, and in almost 20 years he amassed a singularly unique collection in Australia.

Exhibited for the first time in Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé, the David Roche Foundation has curated more than 150 items from David’s personal collection and significant national loans. Official portraits of Catherine the Great and Emperor Nicholas I reside alongside the personal hand seal of Emperor Alexander I and porcelain especially commissioned for the Hermitage and Pavlovsk Palace.

Precious objects in malachite, glass and gilt-bronze abounded throughout the Romanov period and are woven into this stunning exhibition, which highlights the internationalism of 19th century Russia. Gaze upon the visages of Catherine and the Romanovs in painting and sculpture. Be entranced by precious vases and plates from the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory.

Yet, above all, the final decades of the Russian Empire are remembered for the work of Fabergé.  View David Roche’s Fabergé including a parasol handle from the collection of Queen Anne of Romania, gold boxes and small objects, complemented by Fabergé miniature eggs, jewellery, enamel ware on loan from private collectors. All only for Triumph & Tragedy.

Triumph & Tragedy exhibits more than 150 items from The David Roche Collection and significant loans from private and public collections.

Tuesday to Saturday 10 – 4. No bookings required.

Exhibition tours: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11:15am (free with entry)

Tickets: $12 adult. $10 concession.

Current exhibition

SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival 2019

Bijou: An installation by Stephen Bowers

30 July – 5 October

To distribute works within The David Roche Foundation’s collection at Fermoy House is an opportunity for both revelation and concealment. Like Fermoy itself, discernment and association, as well as surprise, suggestion and curiosity are at play. Disguise and detection are also afoot, for distributed amongst Fermoy’s treasures my eclectic contributions might appear in open view or reside quietly in odd corners. Some works speak to objects in the collection, others uninvolved with such dialogue. 

Stephen Bowers, July 2019

Viewed as part of tours of Fermoy House.

Fermoy House open Tuesday – Saturday by booked tour only at 10am, 12noon and 2pm.

 House tours


Image: Stephen Bowers, Pair of Staffordshire[ware] [resembling King Charles Cavalier] Dogs, 2013, hand-built, one-off, artist’s proof pair, earthenware, underglaze colour, clear glaze, on-glaze burnished gold and enamels, 43 x 31 cm [each]. A collaborative work created with Andrew Stock (sculptor). Private Institutional Collection Adelaide.

Photo: Grant Hancock

Fermoy House Tours

Join us at The David Roche Foundation for an insightful and interesting guided tour of Fermoy House, David’s Federation-style residence in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide. See how David Roche lived whilst enjoying the sumptuous house interiors crammed with British Regency, French Empire and Russian objects collected over a lifetime.

Access to Fermoy House is by guided tours only.

Book a tour now to reserve your spot.

General: $20, Concession: $17.    Note: Telephone assisted bookings incur a fee of $8 per ticket.

** Guided tour price includes entry into the Museum wing (Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé) **

Tours of Fermoy House : Tuesday – Saturday.

Please select your preferred time below:

10:00AM 12:00PM 2:00PM

PLEASE NOTE: Entry to the Museum wing (Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, The Romanovs & Fabergéonly does not require a booking.


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