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Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge pieces
« on: April 29, 2017, 12:19:53 PM »
Cathy, Catherine, (on WP blog too)

I find in general that Armand Hammer knew a great lot about the Imperial Easter Eggs he got out of Russia. No clue who taught him, but most of todays errors originated long after Hammer had sold the Eggs. I do not know if ever the miniatures were removed. I do know however that 10 of 12 of the miniatures are signed by Zehngraf and painters do that usually on the front of their work, however small, so there was no need to dismantle the Egg. PHOTOS of the miniatures were used to identify the buildings.

There is one photo of the Egg still in Moscow, before being sold to Hammer. (that is on my website). For all your other questions, contact the VMFA.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge pieces
« on: April 20, 2017, 10:20:07 AM »
Oh what a great find Joanna!
I will use on my website with credit to you!

For those still interested; GIA has complete (!) Fersman 4 part catalog in English online to download!

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Egg Cases
« on: August 23, 2016, 03:17:26 AM »
Joanna, I bet that having just the case would make you a rich lady too!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Private rooms of the Winter Palace
« on: June 18, 2016, 02:06:32 PM »
Hello Architect, no photo for you but there is an inventory made in 1909 of the Eggs in the Winter Palace. There were ten; AF fist nine Eggs in chrono sequence and the 1907 Egg.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Re: Faberge Egg Cases
« on: June 18, 2016, 01:44:49 PM »
Swan Egg and Peacock Egg, Colonnade Egg, there are more ...
Kelch: First Hen Egg, Bonbonniere Egg, Apple Blossom  Egg.

Kremlin zero cases.

I love talking Eggs!

Thanks Svetabel. I thought GD Georgiy started living in Abas Tuman in 1891 (or perhaps even earlier) as the miniatures of the Fabergé Imperial Caucasus Egg are dated 1891 and one miniature is showing his house in AT. So chosing the Caucasus had probably nothing to do with his stay in Algiers in 91 and 92?

I wonder why they did not chose Davos in Switzerland for the Grand Duke as that was the best place to go in those days.

I found this blog with many photos (Google Translate)

Can anyone help me with this:  Long discussions were, what better place to stay the Crown Prince, and then offered Davos, while the most famous resort for pulmonary patients, it is well-maintained, and other European resorts.  But the sad experience of being the Grand Duke in Algeria led to the fact that all the Abastumani was preferred.

What happened when and to whom in Algeria?

Thank you!! I thought it would be something very fancy like the back of those old photographs, so happy to know now!

Thanks Katmaxoz for posting. I do not know if this is it. I have never seen one.
I enlarged the blue circle stamp and there is written "Avanzo. St. Petersburg Gr. Morskaya no. 9". Does that sound like an Imperial stamp?

No professional photographer took photos of the Imperial Family without prior permission from the Court. The approved photographers all had special functions as well. Levitsky took portraits. Boissonas & Eggler took portraits, Karl Hahn (Gan in Russian) took the outdoor photographs at special events and on board the Standart...Each original photo would be on card stock from the specific photographer and always had the Imperial Court Censor stamp of approval on the back. Always.

I would love to see that Imperial Court Censor stamp. Is it in another thread or could someone send me a pix of it.

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:36:04 PM »
When was it bought by Mrs. Post ?

In 1966 from the estate of Mrs. Helen de Kay.

The Imperial Family / Re: Imperial Family Jewels
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:31:52 AM »
Will you believe this crown was used for Miss Universe 1952?
If only this crown could talk!

The Imperial Family / Re: Weddings of the Romanovs
« on: August 29, 2012, 05:47:08 AM »
Thanks Svetabel!

Great to see this.
Does it look as if the bride is wearing the nuptial crown and the tiara, but not the earrings and the huge clasp?


The Yussupovs / Re: The Youssupov jewelry
« on: January 08, 2012, 10:52:10 AM »
Thank you Katmaxoz!

Anyone perhaps ever seen a photo of the Princess with this fan?
I will search the forum anyway.

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