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Imperial Russian Antiques / Return of Russian Treasures
« on: July 27, 2004, 08:07:50 AM »
Hi there,

I thought I would start a forum to discuss the repatriation of Russian treasures sold by the bolsheviks or stolen during the war.

Here is an interesting ITAR-TASS article which states that Harvard University is returning the famous Danilovsky Monastery bells which they acquired in 1920.

What do you think?




This order was founded by Peter the Great to honor his wife Catherine, and became the Order given to female members of the Imperial House, and women of high rank at court.

Yet once, in the 18 or very early 19th Century, the Order was given to a man in recognition of his "modesty."  I know that I have seen this published, but can't remember to whom it was given, or where I saw it reproduced.  Does anyone know?



Yes, all the Russian orders were also awarded to non Russians.  The Duke of Wellington recieved the Cross of St. George for his bravery during the war against Napoleon, Queen Victoria was given the Order of St. Catherine, and many, many foreigners recieved the orders of Sts Sanislas, Anna, and Vladimir.  Members of other Ruling houses also recieved the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called.

Each order had, on the obverse, a small image of the saint (St. Anne, St. Vlad., etc.).  When the order was given to a non-orthodox, the obverse was a crowned initial.

You will see in the medals and orders sales at the auction houses that these were given frequently to foreigners.

Hope this helps.


Palaces in Moscow / Ilinskoye, estate of GD Sergei Alexandrovitch
« on: March 09, 2004, 01:12:24 PM »
Does anyone have any idea what happened to Illinskoye?  

I know that after Elizabeth took the veil and gave up her posessions, she left the Sergeievsky Palace (formerly the Belosselsky-Belozersky Palace) to Dimitri Pavlovitch, and that she also left Illinskoye to him as well.

After the Revolution, does anyone know what became of it?  It was a wooden palace -- was it destroyed by Stalin in the expansion of Moscow?  Any floor plans?  Pictures?


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