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Are you also going to be republishing your book on Alexander III which is now out of print?  (curious).

1904 Grand Duchess Serge Of Russia Receiving Gifts In Kremlin, Manchuria Wounded, an unusual image I don't think I've seen before.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: PoŽlle palace
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:27:38 PM »
The fan was in part 1 of the Fersman sale catalogue. Most of those items were retained in the Kremlin and not sold (eg the imperial crowns etc).  I wanted to make sure that it wasn't held onto by the Diamond fund along with other items in that part of the sale. This is the only fan in the Fersman catalogue to be photographed in full so they were very aware of it's importance and uniqueness as a historical document. 

I've been trying to track down where it might have gone. First I have to find out if there is any chance it might still be in Russia.  A lot of "lost" fans have turned up as part of various Russian palace collections. They are often overlooked items as they don't have the obvious bling of the big jewels and are "women's stuff".

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: PoŽlle palace
« on: March 02, 2019, 02:52:41 PM »
Thank you so much for your quick reply. I'd never even heard of this palace before this. The fan was sold in the 1927 sale of the royal jewels. Interesting that the wikipedia article says its no longer in the hermitage, something I have also been trying to confirm but the hermitage website is giving me problems.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / PoŽlle palace
« on: March 02, 2019, 03:17:14 AM »
I'm not sure if someone can help me here.  I am researching a fan that was owned by Catherine II.  On the double sided leaf a palace is painted.  It is one of items in the crown jewels sold in 1927. The description is:

"panorama of PoŽlle palace on the banks of the Neva (between St. Petersburg and SchlŁsselburg (Shlisselburg) )"

Does anyone know where this palace might be located in the St. Petersburg area?  It's possible it might have been destroyed since the 18th century.  I've had a good search around google but had no luck in finding this place and don't know of any books on the palaces of Catherine II.

Thanks to anyone who can shed some light on this.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:26:30 PM »
the books have found new homes.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Duplicate Books
« on: March 06, 2017, 08:26:16 PM »
Are there any Romanov fans in Australia?

I have a pair Jacques Ferrand photo albums of the imperial family and Noblesse Russe (7 volumes) that I no longer need. They are very heavy books which is the main consideration making me hesitate sending them overseas as the postage would be horrendous, but if there is anyone local interested please contact me. I would also rather these go to someone with a real interest who won't simply sell them.

Their World and Culture / Imperial Gifts from Pavlovsk Palace in Finland
« on: January 17, 2016, 11:07:08 PM »
An exhibition on imperial gifts is currently being held in Finland which might interest people here..

And finally the fan presented to Empress Alexandra by the French ambassador at the notorious coronation ball in 1896 has finally surfaced here....

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra Photos #5
« on: December 15, 2015, 04:19:59 PM »
1891 - Alix and her brother Ernest Ludwig in fancy dress.

1903 royal group in Darmstadt  including Ella and Serge

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna / Re: Ella by Kaulbach
« on: December 15, 2015, 04:09:54 PM »
Grand Duchess Elizabeth by Kaulbach 1892 - this is in the collection at Darmstadt and is a pastel painting. The artist seems to have done a few different versions of this image. This is not unusual for a large work where preparatory sketches are often quite elaborate and the artist may have been asked to do additional copies for other family members.

Grand Duchess Elizabeth by Kaulbach 1892 - this is in the collection at Darmstadt - pencil and crayon on paper

Here's a small contemporary article on the ball from a French magazine.

They did dance at the ball - here's a picture of one of the dances by Princess Yussupov


Thank you again for your reply.I wonder if a library would be be able to obtain it so it could be seen?Do you know if copys are available at any specific library in the United States? Sometimes
they bring in rare books . They cannot leave the library.They can only be viewed there.I would love to see volume two.


I'm not in the USA - but if you have access to a university library its very probable they can get it.  I know Jacques Ferrands books are available in the USA library system and you can't get them where I live.  Take the information to your local library and have a conversation with the librarian. They will probably be happy to follow up on this and help if you ask....after that there's always the photocopy/xerox machine for use:)


 I would specifically like to see the ball of 1903 (I believe....that is correct). I also think it would make a beautiful and glamourous tv series sensation if it were done as well as Downton Abbey was. Would't it be
exciting if it could be done on location in exchange for cultural ,historic, exchange...It could actually be magnificent!!! Perhaps the government of Russia would see thisi with vision for what it could be to the historic


Back in 2003 a book on this ball was actually published:

and a copy for sale...

It was always an expensive book and is very hard to find now. It has two volumes one of which has large size reproductions of photos of all the ball participants and a second volume of memoirs of the ball.  The only thing the book(s) really lack are photos of couples as each image is of an individual person.  At the same time as this book was published at least 2 different sets of loose postcards of photos from the book was also published, but these are also hard to get now.

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