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Imperial Russian Antiques / a belgian site of collectors
« on: September 29, 2007, 04:53:53 PM »
Trésors russie imperiale....

in 3 languages (included english) a site of collectors (silver, antics) where you can find some beautiful russian pieces:



Now,  I try to present some pictures from french museums on the theme of the journeys ...

First, several journeys of russian rulers to France :

                  Visite de l'escadron russe à Toulon, le 13 octobre 1893 - the medal was said to be done with the Empress as a model for the Russia and... a french actress as a model for the France !...  There are many others pictures that I have to find in my books ... later

                  Pose de la première pierre du Pont Alexandre III à Paris par le Tsar Nicolas II, l'Impératrice et le Président de la République Félix Faure, le 7 octobre 1896 (artist : the painter Alfred Roll  (1846-1919 painting :1899)

                   Le Tsar et la Tsarine en visite à Paris en 1898 . (Auteur : photographer Auguste Boyer (1824-?)

                   Visite officielle des souverains russes en France en 1901 - le Président de la République Emile Loubet accueillant le tsar Nicolas II et l'Impératrice Alexandra Feodorovna lors de la revue militaire passée au camp de Bétheny, 21 septembre 1901 (Auteur : painter Albert Pierre  Dawant  (1852-1923) painting 1905) (I apologize for the french use of the wrong word "Tsar" instead of  "Emperor")

And now two travels from France to Russia

                   The travel of the french painter Gerveix during the period of the coronation of N.2: Le Couronnement de Nicolas II (1868-1918), dernier tsar de Russie (1894-1917) et de l'impératrice Alexandra Féodorowna (1872-1918) en l'Eglise de l'Assomption à Moscou (esquisse) Auteur : painter Henri Gervex (1852-1929)

                     And the travel  of Général Joffre to Russia to meet the chiefs of the russian Armies in 1913.

Krasnoïe Selo (10 au 23 avril 1913)

Some Grands Ducs on these two  pictures ?

the next one is quoted  : Le Tsar Nicolas II entouré des danseuses Olga et Tatiana et d'une délégation d'un régiment de Moscou THATS MEANS : Emperor Nicolas 2 surrounder by the dancers Olga and Tatiana and by a delagation of a moscovite regiment ... it sounds rather strange ... don't you think ???

Now, Nicolas 2 at Krasnoie Selo:

                    to be continued ....  / ...

Other Palaces / Karlovka - estate of GDss Elena Pavlovna
« on: September 14, 2007, 10:56:30 AM »

I would be interested in a discussion about Karlovka estate in Poltava oblast (Ukraina ? :-\). It belonged to Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna (spouse of GD Michail Pavlovich).

In 1855  Elena Pavlovna decided to emancipate the serfs (900 "souls" ? more? less ?) on her own immense estate of Karlovka, and invited Kavelin to study the project.

Did she succeeded ? Where is exactly Karlovka estate ? Dis anyone has engravings, paintings, photos of this estate?? How many people lived on this estate? The princess wanted to build mills, factories, workshops... in order to procure incomes  for the liberated souls... was it done ??

She owned also the Mikhailovsky Palace, Kamenny Island, and Oranienbaum (Lomonosov).

Many thanks from

Mr Canard.

Note: here a WIKIPEDIA note on Kavelin (he became a friend of Elena Pavlovna)

Konstantin Dmitrievich Kavelin (Константин Дмитриевич Кавелин in Russian) (November 4, 1818 - May 5, 1885) was a Russian historian, jurist, and sociologist, sometimes called the chief architect of early Russian liberalism.

Scion of an old noble family, Kavelin graduated from the legal department of the Moscow University and read law at the University of St Petersburg from 1839. Together with Timofey Granovsky and Alexander Herzen, he was one of the leading Westerners. In 1855, Herzen published Kavelin's celebrated proposal for the emancipation of serfs, which cost him the lucrative position of tsesarevich's tutor. During the 1860s, Kavelin was elected President of the Free Economic Society and gradually drifted to the right. In his Short Review of Russian History (1887) he seconded many Slavophile opinions and praised state as the key institution of national history.

(Some scholars believe that Kavelin was a prototype of Stiva Oblonski in Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna)

Their World and Culture / Imperial libraries management
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:54:01 AM »
Salve! (an italian manner to great heartily anybody)

I am really interested in understanding the management system of Imperial libraries during the times of Nicholas 1 and Alexander 2.
I read the text on the three libraries in Alexander Palace (TSARKOIE-SELO) provided in the Historical Chapter of this site and also I read with deep attention the english version of the historic part of the site of the National Russian Library.

Anyway I would like to understand: 1/  Under the reponsability of what Department or person were preserved the many books of Peter the Great, Catherine 2, Paul 1 (a great reader as it seems to have been) in the many libraries of their imperial residences of Gatschina, Tsarkoie-Selo, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Crimea and so on.

                                                   2/ Who bought, who managed to make the books binded, who organised the libraries of Nicolas 1, his family, his circle ... and how was it done? Under responsability of Public Ministery or of the Palace's Manager (or managers) ?

                                                   3/ In the libraries used by N1, A.2, their families and their private circles or/and close relatives there are so many books of non-russian languages... so, to choose, to buy and to organise these books means to know literary culture, main researches in science and philosophy and language of England, United States, France, and of so many german territories... who did it during the reigns of N1 and A.2 ?

                                                    4/ Did the gardener  :o (or at less a tenent of the life-guards or a lecturer of the littles princes an princesses) could take a book from the Palaces libraries ?

I hope this topic will interest many people and I remain

your old, grateful, obedient

Mr Canard

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