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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Colouring Book
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:50:17 PM »

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Colouring Book
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:49:31 PM »

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Colouring Book
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:48:43 PM »

Imperial Russian Antiques / Faberge Colouring Book
« on: August 17, 2013, 08:46:46 PM »
I began work on a new colouring book for kids on the Faberge eggs. I thought it would be a neat way to teach kids about Faberge and the royal family. Here is some examples. I used the timeline created on the meiks website as I think it is the best.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace Restoration
« on: August 16, 2013, 04:00:55 PM »
A guess.... remember the palace (like the AP) was originally a Summer Palace ....

The Alexander Palace / Re: Alexander Palace Restoration
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:11:42 PM »
I noticed that the rooms that connect Alexandra's Corner Drawing Room to the Picture Gallery are now open (Small and Large Library and Mountain Hall) are now open but still need restoration. I wonder whether the lamps will be returned from the Egyptian Hall (Pavlovsk) to restore the library since they were borrowed from there in the first place?

The Alexander Palace / Re: Maple Room
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:08:16 PM »
The restoration of this room will take some work since the room was split in two sometime after WWII...... The Old Pavlovsk Palace website showed a MAPLE ROOM display that undoubtably came from the AP.... It contained sculpture and paneling and furnishings.... Is there any word whether Pavlovsk will return these elements???

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Missing Faberge Eggs?
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:04:21 PM »
Did you read the descriptions I outlined I think its fascinating the way the Resurrection Egg fits into the Renaissance Egg... Meik's timeline is also interesting and makes sense. The scholarship is solid.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Missing Faberge Eggs?
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:13:24 AM »
Here is the link to an excellent site:
His research is excellent and he presents a timeline of the eggs including a recent discovery of some hitherto unknown eggs. He presents some interesting hypotheses including the believe that there were no eggs for 1904 and 1905. The most interesting discovery is the belief that the Resurrection Egg was in fact the surprise in the Renaissance Egg. The two were recently reunited at a Faberge exhibition and they fit perfectly. I am curious what others think. The interesting thing is all of Alexandra's eggs are accounted and the missing ones are for Marie... WHAT DO YOU THINK?

yup... considering all the through searches and the current renovation I seriously doubt there are any hidden treasures at this palace.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace Restoration
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:19:16 AM »
Eureka I have discovered why the difference in the ceiling. This is from the Tsarkoe Selo Website:

In 1953–54, during restoration work on St Michael’s Castle in St Petersburg, the side parts of Valeriani’s ceiling painting – the Allegory of Peace and Allegory of Victory that had been considered lost – were rediscovered. Thanks to that find, it was decided to recreate the ceiling decoration in its original form, returning the two surviving elements to the Catherine Palace. The recreation of the central part was aided by the existence of so me rough sketches by Valeriani and his description of the composition with an interpretation of all the allegories plus a drawing made by Stakenschneider in 1857, when the ceilings in several of the state rooms were redecorated to designs by the court architect

It would seem that when the room was restored the original ceiling painting was restored which did not include the third tier of decoration. As I hypothesized the original painting was much bigger and the room was altered in between.

Tsarskoe Selo Palaces / Re: Catherine Palace Restoration
« on: August 07, 2013, 02:21:10 PM »
I know at the time of the restoration (from the National Geographic documentary) that there was a concern over the amount of gold leave needed to gild the decorative elements in the room. Most likely the painting was extended to save some money. What you need to find is the original plans which a lot of the restoration work was based on. The ceiling itself is a miracle since it was reproduced based on black and which photographs.

At the Naryshkin Mansion recently a cache of treasure was discovered in a hidden room that dated from the revolution. It is possible there is still valuables hidden in the Alexander Palace but I highly doubt it. As has been stated the palace was thoroughly searched by Soviet and Nazi personnel. It's the stuff of legends though :0)

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