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Offline rgt9w

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Ella's Personal Icon
« on: March 24, 2005, 07:14:48 AM »
Here is a link to an icon that was given by Grand Duchess Ella. It was sold at Sotheby's in 2003 during the "Of Royal and Noble Descent" sale.

The link has a picture of the icon, as well as a description of its provenance. It is signed on the back "Aunt Ella".

http://search.sothebys.com/jsps/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=3Y93S
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Re: Ella's Personal Icon
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2005, 07:33:37 AM »
Oh wow! rgt9w...how on earth do you find all these magnificent things! Thank you for posting it! Wish I could afford to bid for it!  :)  Too late it's sold anyway.
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Re: Ella's Personal Icon
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2005, 08:19:12 AM »
Hello Bluetoria! I'm glad you found this posting, as I posted it in response to the discussion about the reliquaries and your desire to own an item of Ella's.

Sotheby's maintains a wonderful site with web editons of their catalogues. You can find some interesting items featured in the Russian and Nobility sales.

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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2005, 08:56:49 AM »
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Hello Bluetoria! I'm glad you found this posting, as I posted it in response to the discussion about the reliquaries and your desire to own an item of Ella's.
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That was really kind of you, & I do appreciate it, thank you.  :)
I'm afraid most Sotherby's things are rather beyond me but one day....(I can always dream) !

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Re: Ella's Personal Icon
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2005, 02:38:53 PM »
Here is a link showing the back on the icon:

http://search.mbetteley.com/search/images.jsp?id=846004

The details on the site state the icon was presented to Nicholas and Alexandra by Ella on the seventh anniversary of their engagement.
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2005, 04:04:23 PM »
rgt9w thank you (yet again  :) ) for posting this link. I wish I had noticed it sooner. The images are wonderful -and so clear! Thank you!  

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Re: Ella's Personal Icon
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2005, 10:20:13 PM »
Wow! Thanks for posting. That is beautiful. I would love to own that, but alas, it is way out of my price range
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Re: Ella's Personal Icon
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2005, 07:49:02 AM »
I'm glad you liked the pictures of the icon. Although she was Nicholas' aunt by marriage to the Grand Duke Serge. I thought it was interesting that Ella chose to "sign" the icon as Aunt Ella instead of just Ella even though it was also being presented to her sister Alexandra as well.