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The Julian calendar I would presume. However the reason for asking the question is we bought lot 395 of the King George I of the Hellenes sale at Christies last month. It was a silver card case by Faberge inscribed by the Tsar 'Nicky, May 21st 1908'. This could mean the Tsar was using the Western Gregorian calendar as he was writing in English

We were very lucky to get it; it was a bit of a sleeper, Christies for some reason had not identified the signature as Nicholas'.

Thanks for asking,



Does anyone know where the Tsar was on 21st May 1908 and who he might have been with?

Best wishes,

Wartski, London

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Eggs
« on: August 17, 2005, 10:42:28 AM »
Faberge made fifty Imperial Easter Eggs. The whereabouts of forty two are known.

Two of the missing eight are thought to have survived the turmoil and destruction of the revolution. Sales records suggest the 1888 Cherub with Chariot Egg was sold by Armand Hammer at the Lord and Taylor department store in New York in 1934 and the and the 1889 Necessaire egg given by Alexander III to Marie Feodorovna was taken to Wartski - I can not elbaorate on the latter but there will be more later.

Best wishes to all,


Romanov and Imperial Russia Links / Re: Albert Stopford
« on: May 13, 2005, 08:12:35 AM »
Albert Stopford was a customer of Faberge and bought a number of important pieces from the firm's London branch.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Czarevitch George Alexandrovitch
« on: January 17, 2005, 02:50:59 PM »
This is the only recorded use of coprolite by Faberge. He did experiment with materials and employed other fossilised materials but not coprolite.

It is true Faberge never repeated a piece but the variations are sometimes so small as to be unrecognisable.

Best wishes,


Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Czarevitch George Alexandrovitch
« on: January 10, 2005, 06:28:00 AM »
Thank you for all the responses to our query and we are very happy for this or any of our other images to be shown on the site. It is a pleasure to share them. In answer to DOMOVOII the coprolite is from a herbivore, there are no animal remnants visible in the stone. The handle although deco in appearance is an archaeological revival inspired by the Scythian treasures unearthed on the black Sea Coast. I was also interested by DOMOVOII's comments on design books. In many ways they are more interesting than the objects themselves and much rarer. Only five are known to exist two from Wigström and the three we own from Holmström’s workshop. Once again many thanks.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Czarevitch George Alexandrovitch
« on: January 05, 2005, 10:01:18 AM »
Does anyone know if George Alexandrovitch had an interest in palaeontology? A bizarre question but we have discovered the most amazing Faberge charka that he purchased in 1896 made of Coprolite or fossilised dinosaur droppings and are curious if the subject was an interest of his.

We are also looking for a good photograph of him, any suggestions?

Wartski, London

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Wartski
« on: December 06, 2004, 03:48:31 PM »

Wartski is a firm of art and antique dealers based in Grafton Street, London W1. We specialise in Russain works of art particularly those by Faberge. We have dealt with Faberge since the time of Faberge and are the only firm surviving in the same form and in the same hands to have particpated in the Soviets sales of Imperial Russian treasures. we have a large abd variesd stock of Russain works of art and maintain a regularly updated website As mentioned in an earleir listing we also have an archive relating to Faberge and Imperial treasures, this includes the Holmstrom design albums. We are more than happy to share our knowledge and resources with fellow enthusiasts. and attempt to answer all emails the same day and I apologise to DOMOVOII if we failed to do so.

A recent discovery of mine held at wartski were the enamelled gold and diamond set egg shaped cufflinks purchased by the Dowager Tsarina and given to Nicholas for Easter 1907. They were later painted by the Tsar in his jewel album and annotated 'from Mama, Esater 1907'. When I uncovered their history my spine tingled.

Kieran McCarthy -

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