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Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2014
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:14:13 AM »
The documentary was in two parts and I think those on this Forum would safely be able to recite 99% of the first programme easily.  No disrespect intended in any way to any of the authors who took part.  There were film snippets included, I think I've seen most of those in National Geographic documentaries (but I scanned them intently nonetheless).  The first episode contained background info on romance between NII and AF, marriage, ruling, the lead up to the Revolution etc.  The second part, the girls nursing soldiers, post Revolution, time in captivity etc, I found much more interesting.  The girls budding romances, Marie's friendship with one of her guards which led to her being shunned by Alexandra etc. 

Hope you guys in America get to see it soon.  I enjoyed the second episode much more than the first but that's just personal opinion. 

Fab, really glad you got there and definitely worth it!

Hi Greg

Just seen this posting so probably too late for a helpful response, I queued for less than 5 mins and I was the only one in the queue!

Have just returned from my (first) viewing of The Third Imperial Faberge Easter Egg at Wartski.  The Egg is exquisite. 

Wartski had partitioned off part of their shop, the Egg was in a display cabinet which had three glass panels  therein to allow a 360 degree view, at eye level, in the centre of the room.  The walls had been covered with blown up photos from the last time it was on display in St P in March 1902. Wartski were allowing around 6-8 people in at any one time so one was able to get right up to the Egg.  I've been very disappointed at Faberge exhibitions in the past  (including at Wartski) with the crowds and not actually being able to see anything.  Not this time, I was able to get right up close.  The Egg was a lovely pale gold colour (in a lot of the colour photos it's coming across as a dark gold) and the garlands around the egg are beautiful and the legs (with lion paw feet) were so delicate.  I cannot believe that anyone seeing it would not know it's Faberge but...

Chad, I saw all three sapphires and could not see any sign of a bow/bows above the sapphires.  The sapphire on the left as you look at the Egg has a little white mark above the sapphire.  It could be that the gold has been damaged - or a bow removed - but I think the latter doubtful as there didn't seem to be anything missing from above the other two sapphires.  If I can find out anymore when I next pop down I'll let you know.

Anyone in or around London should make the effort - you may not see it again for another 112 years - and certainly not for free. 

Hi Chad, if you look at the update info on the website:, click on the egg and scroll down there is a picture where you can see two of the sapphires at the same time, there do not appear to be any bows.  I will revert as soon as I've (fingers crossed) been able to see the egg for myself. 

Kind regards.


Hi Chad, absolutely no problem, I'll check out and revert to you once I've seen the egg.

Very excited and as you say very lucky to be just a couple of hundred yards away from Wartski!

Fortunately it's going to be on display at Wartski in April, which is very close to my office.  Will be a privilege to be able to see it. 

I have a copy of this from the first publication but a new reprint is available, I saw it in Waterstones, Piccadilly, recently and it's on Amazon.  Highly recommended.

Really interesting book, highly recommended.  I wasn't always following who was related to whom but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the book.  Mr Smith is to be congratulated.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Nadezhda Dmitrievna Wonlar-Larsky
« on: August 20, 2012, 10:12:35 AM »
Dmitri Wonlar Larsky , Nadezhda's husband, was jailed for fraud.

Russian Noble Families / Re: Princes Abamelik-Lasarev
« on: January 03, 2012, 02:30:26 PM »
Hi Hovann

The Princess Abamelek I am interested in definitely lived in Paris after the Revolution.

Kind regards


Hi Greg/Penny

Am 3/4 of the way through the book, superb. 

Kindest regards.


Hi everyone

The catalogue gives no further info on the Costume Ball book other than size etc but at over 420 pages I found the catalogue a joy in itself.

How does the original compare to the reproduction? They are quite different, the 2003 edition is more glamorous and plush and also has English translations of the photos which the original does not have. As I said I was surprised that in  the original some of the photos were of different sizes.

It would be a huge task to rebind it I feel, as the book is so large. That surprised me too, why was it so big? The Christies' lady was struggling to carry it. There is absolutely no binding left at all. How the flimsy tissue covering each photo has survived intact for over 100 years I have no idea.

Unfortunately I forgot to look to see whether the group photo of everyone at the Ball was in the book but I didn't see it.

I love my repro 2003 book which is the highlight of my Russian book collection but there's no question which one I would prefer to have. One is a piece of history and the other is just a reproduction.

The book went for over £20,000 in the end and I had no lottery win so...

The beautiful Faberge snuff box also in the sale, estimated at £400,000 went for almost a million.

Kind regards



Christies in London are selling an original of the 1904 book on Monday. I popped in this afternoon and they very kindly let me look through it, which was a job in itself.  The book's enormous, much bigger than I envisaged (48 cm x 35 cm and about 20 cm thick).  The binding has broken totally so each page is now loose, with a tissue covering to each photograph.  Some of the photos were smaller than those in my 2003 replica book which also surprised me.  I was surprised by the quality of the pictures, I don't know much about photography/replication processes.  I thought they would be actual photos but they were some sort of copy and they were very clear.  The internal pages were all in really good condition, considering the age.  The auction estimate is c. $11,000.

So, here's hoping for a Lottery win tomorrow!

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