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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2010, 12:48:56 PM »
Now I am getting an idea HOW important this catalogue is and how rare
Working and to see the pictures
Anyone?:)

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2010, 05:49:09 PM »
here are some photos that orginate in the catalogue






















some of these images will be familiar as the book is frequently referenced when anything is written on the imperial jewels. I understand Lord Twinings book has a lot of the images reproduced, but I've never seen the book. It's another expensive volume on royal jewels.






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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2010, 10:16:11 PM »
Thank you for the photos katmaxoz
they are really good quality for 1925
I was told there are 25 plates in the book

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2010, 10:22:24 PM »
from the pictures that you posted here ,are any of them lost?I recognise few but I really don't know much about jewelery yet,do the pieces have "names"?
Thank you

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2010, 12:09:31 AM »
I know the tiara with the wheat s and yellow diamond (I think it's the spring tiara or something similar) seems to have been lost. I understand it is illustrated in the catalogue and the one currently on display in Russia was made from those photos.  The Russians obviously had misgivings over what they'd done with the jewels afterwards - their explanation for the new version was that it was to 'show off' the skills of modern russian jewellers.

I don't know that the court koshnick in the photos above has seen the light of day in modern times either. I wouldn't be surprised if it had been dismembered and the jewels made into something else. It's a pity as these jewel and fabric headresses are impossibly rare today.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2010, 09:58:15 PM »
An english language version of this book has finally come up for sale for those with very deep pockets

http://historical.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=6048&Lot_No=36184

& close up pictures

http://historical.ha.com/common/view_item.php?Sale_No=6048&Lot_No=36184&LotIdNo=18001&ts=off#Photo

It has been described as:

Extraordinarily Rare Photographic Record of the Russian Crown JewelsAleksander Evgenevich Fersman (editor). Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones. Moscow: The People's Commissariat of Finances, 1925.

First and only edition in English. Folio. Complete set of 100 unbound phototype plates with captioned tissue guards (all still attached). Plates measure 307 x 395 mm. Includes the descriptive text volumes dated 1926 for parts II, III and IV (missing text volume in part I).

Parts I-IV, with each part in an individual cream paper portfolio, housed together in the original issue crimson and brown thick portfolio with string ties intact. Small stamp reading "Printed in the Soviet Union" on an inner flap of the portfolio. Rubbing and soiling to the portfolio, with a previous reference sticker from the Arthur A. Everts Co., a renowned Dallas jeweler, affixed to the front cover. Parts portfolios with minor edge wear and toning, minimal corner wear and thumb-soiling, with two small closed tears along the spine of Part III. Light thumb-soiling to text volumes. A handful of tissue guards with minor fold creasing and small tears. Minimal edge wear to a couple of plates, otherwise, they are in superb condition. An extraordinarily rare work in near fine condition.

The monumental task of listing and photographing the Russian crown jewels began in 1922, and this epic work was the result. Compiled with the help of S. N. Troinitsky, the director of the Hermitage Museum, and a committee of expert jewelers, Russia's Treasure of Diamonds and Precious Stones was published in 1925 in English, French and Russian, and stands as the only complete record of the treasures of the Romanov Dynasty before their mysterious dispersal through private sale and a subsequent auction two years later. Shortly after publication, this very work was swiftly recalled by the Soviet government, who destroyed the copies they received or bought back. As such, it is an exceedingly rare work in any of the three languages, and much desired by gemologists, jewelers, and historians.

"One of the very few surviving catalogs promoting the sale of Russia's crown jewels. Published in 1925 by A. E. Fersman for the Bolshevik government, it is among the most thorough inventories of Czarist treasures in existence. Russia's crown jewels were later removed from the market and only a few were sold" (Gemological Institute of America website, describing the copy in the John & Marjorie Sinkankas Collection).

"The collection of Romanoff Crown Jewels dates back to the Sixteenth Century, when the early Czars, proud of their power, were fascinated by the splendor of parading about in jeweled robes wearing diamond-studded crowns. However, it was not until the reign of Catherine the Great that the Russian collection of jewels reached its greatest proportion. Catherine sent her agents abroad to purchase the largest and finest diamonds and emeralds in the world.... Soon after the beginning of the War in 1914 the Imperial Cabinet decided it was safer to remove the Crown Jewels to Moscow, which is much farther inland than St. Petersburg. Nine huge strong boxes, crammed full of these priceless gems, were stored in a special vault in the 'Armory Hall of the Kremlin.' During the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequently until 1922 this treasure remained untouched, continuously guarded by a detachment of Red soldiers. In April, 1922, a commission was appointed to take inventory by the Soviet Government. This commission consisted of such prominent persons as A. Orechnikov, curator of the Moscow Museum, A. E. Fersman, professor of the Academy of Science, and A. Fabergé [son of the former court jeweler, Carl Fabergé]...Some idea of the size of the Romanoff Collection may be obtained from the following figures given out by the commission; diamonds, 25,300 carats; pearls, 6,000; emeralds, 3,200; sapphires, 2,600, and rubies, 1,500 carats" (Armand Hammer: The Quest of the Romanoff Treasure, pp. 222-224). Estimate: $25,000 - up

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2010, 06:54:34 AM »
Wouldn't it be wonderful if someone on the AP Forum were to buy this book and share it with all of us who are facinated by the history of the Romanov dynasty?  As I understand it, the soviet government tried to buy back all copies of this publication when it first came out (I guess they had second thoughts about letting the world know their were selling their heritage).  I just know the picutres contained in it will be a treasure trove for documenting the Romanov Crown Jewels.  Sadly, I think once it is sold, none of us will ever get to see its contents.

If I had the money, I'd buy it and share it with the AP Forum.

BobG

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2010, 06:48:50 PM »
Hi Bob

I would also love to see a facsimilie made of this publication, as I'm sure many Romanov and jewllery scholars also would. It's a unique book on an imperial collection which is now mostly dispersed.  I've seen it referenced many times in other books but the chances of most of us ever getting to see a copy is very slim.


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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2010, 09:41:41 PM »

not sure if this was posted already

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=81134

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2010, 04:02:53 PM »
It sold for $15,535.00

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2010, 03:39:00 AM »
It sold for $15,535.00

well below estimate then. A good price. I wonder who snagged it?


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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2010, 11:01:10 AM »
Yes I was very surprised.Few years ago at Christie's french copy of the catalogue  sold for $64 000

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2016, 02:53:26 AM »
For those still interested; GIA has complete (!) Fersman 4 part catalog in English online to download! http://www.gia.edu/gia-news-press/romanov-catalog-digitized