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Research Russian Roots / Von Meck family
« on: June 09, 2009, 02:43:20 PM »
I would like to know if any of the members of the Von Meck family survived the revolution, and if so what happened to them.
Madame Nadezdha Von Meck was Tchaikovsky's benefactress, and their huge family wealth was derived from building the Siberian railway. The family owned an estate in the Ukraine ( I cannot remember the name). Kamenka ? Tchaikovsky spent a lot of time on the estate, and composed many of his famous works in a house on the estate, far away from the confusion of the life he led in Moscow and St Petersburg. It was a safe haven for him.
Could 19th century Russia have been equal to the stress and anxiety we live in today ?

One wonders.

Research Russian Roots / The Orlov family
« on: April 30, 2009, 01:34:47 PM »
Could someone please tell me what happened to the Orlov family? Are any desendants alive today ? I know that some of them left on the Marlborough with M F.

Imperial Russian Antiques / Russian Imperial Furniture
« on: March 17, 2009, 10:00:30 AM »
I very often see beautiful antique Russian items of furniture for sale in catalogues all over the world, and wonder how a beautiful 18th century Russian desk manages to end up  in someones entrance hall in Santa Monica or somewhere. One also sees a lot of stuff in magazines like Architectural Digest etc. At least, they say its Russian ! I once saw a Voronhikin dining room chair, supposedly from a Russian Country house, in a barn in Westchester. At least I was assured it was. 
Besides people like Marjorie Merriweather Post who brought back enough stuff to fill a museum, did Russians fleeing the revolution manage to take furniture with them ? Or were these items originally from houses on the Riviera or elsewhere ? As far as I know it has always been difficult to bring items out of Russia ? Except of course when Stalin ( who clearly had no respect for anything or anyone) sold off items to rich westerners for next to nothing, when he threw open the store rooms to the world to finance his 5 year plan. Things, which now, I am sure most Russians would love to have back. ( Like the Faberge Eggs, which of course are mostly back.)
I once saw an article on a horrific monstrosity of a house, originally owned by Mrs Post in Palm Beach, and which I think is now owned by "The Donald" ( suits him) which had a small breakfast nook off the kitchen. There, of all places, hanging above the table, in its Imperial splendour, was a crystal chandelier from Pavlovsk. One can only cringe in horror. I wonder if its still there ? Perhaps Donald has his corn flakes  beneath it every morning !
Jokes aside............ I am very interested in how all these Russian things ended up in the west. Does anyone else have the same fascination, and how do you think they managed to get here ?   

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