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my apologies if any, or all, of the images in my posts have been posted previously... 



i've seen many "colorized" versions of the photograph,
but this is, actually, a painting based on the photograph...

& i have never seen it before (not that i remember, anyway).

click all images to enlarge


i have definitely never seen this before...

it's a painting of Ella's room -- somewhere.

if one of our members wouldn't mind translating it, i'm posting
a smaller version of the image w/ it's caption?



Their World and Culture / Re: Russian and European Court Dresses
« on: July 27, 2009, 03:45:31 PM »

i was asked once, if i knew why ladies  in court dress, are always wearing only the right glove, & carrying the left one paired-up w/ the always present fan?.

@ the that time, i didn't know the answer.

indeed, i found out only a year or two ago, and quite by chance.

 ---- some members ~ or perhaps, many members ~ may already know the reason...

it'is rather simple, actually:
(okay...maybe not.  

at some point, it was considered impolite & serious breach of etiquette, to touch the royal skin w/ a glove on,, and since court functions required the royals to ""shake hands" when greeting guests (for ladies, it was more a genteel & very light clasp of the last four fingers (the thumb remained hovering in space) and this gesture was always done w/ the right hand).   
the royal ladies simply began to remove the right glove before the function -- over time, it just became tradition (the practice retained it's practical side, as well).    i believe it was part of Court Dress in every Court in Europe.

likewise, it was customary during any type of Court Presentation --- be it a first entrĂ©e into Society ~ capital 'S' ~ an "official" introduction of Subject to monarch  or whatever -- ladies were required to make a deep curtsey & "shake" (and on occasion, kiss) the royal
hand, and again, it one simply did not clasp the royal hand with a glove.

and later, around the mid-1800s (i'm guessing) , the "no glove" rule had  become traditional Court Etiquette for every lady, when wearing Court Dress.  

i'm not positive, but i seem to recall someone telling me, it was different in the U.S.:
in America, ladies in Polite Society ~~ Society w/ a  capital 'S' ~~ considered it bad form for their skin to touch,  so when ladies greeted one-another, both hands remained gloved.  

this could (perhaps?) be one of the reasons why Americans were considered vulgar & ill-mannered by many members of many a European Court....

so, yeah.   that's why.
(as far as i know, anyway.)


Their World and Culture / Re: Russian and European Court Dresses
« on: July 27, 2009, 02:52:34 PM »

i posted this several years back (as well as two (or three) others taken on the same occasion...
(which, incidentally, was the for the emperor's "Speech From the Throne" @ the opening of the Duma.)

i thought i'd post this one again, because i think i had moved the image to a differnt album, which broke the link.

in any event, some of the newer members may not have seen it.

click on image to enlarge

Aleksandra Feodorovna
in full Court Dress


Having Fun! / Re: Empress Sissi dolls
« on: July 26, 2009, 11:06:49 AM »
One more, full & detail


the actual gown was by Worth. 
it was first worn for the Hungarian coronation and,
subsequently, for various official/state portraits.

if i'm not mistaken, the empress rarely patronized the Paris fashion houses.
she preferred to her clothes to be Austrian (/German/Bavarian) made...
but, obviously, the Hungarian coronation was an unparalleled  event --
and this may be completely wrong --
but i seem to remember hearing or reading, that it was her husband, the emperor,
that persuaded her to go to Worth for the gown.
(not literally go...  ;-)


Having Fun! / Re: Empress Sissi dolls
« on: July 26, 2009, 10:56:40 AM »
THis is the doll I made of Sissi.

the detailing on this is really very nice  :-)


Having Fun! / Re: Empress Sissi dolls
« on: July 26, 2009, 10:53:50 AM »
Doll of Romy Schneider as Sissi


is it just me, or is there something rather creepy about this one?!

(i mean no offense or disrespect to anyone -- it's just a personal observation/opinion...)


my apologies if these have been posted before.
personally, i can't recall having seen them... so i'm sharing them.

the automaton of either Rousseau or Voltaire --
i don't remember which -- that does, or did, occupy a spot in
the Arkhangelskoye library & frightened the young Feliks Felksovich jr.

it could, by some means, be "switched on" (set in motion) and would,
begin to make gestures (or something)...

the landing for one of the circular staircases --
each is a mirror image of the other & both are set between
the Entrance Hall/Vestibule & the Oval Salon.
(NOTE: i have seen photos of the automaton before,
but i don't think i've ever seen this.)

a design & cross-section of the the Theater --
on the Arkhangelskoye estate.


The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II
« on: July 26, 2009, 10:30:40 AM »


Ludwig & Sophie, 1867
(commemorative medal to celebrate either
the engagement or the wedding...
i'm not quite sure which, though.)

king Ludwig II, 1867
(commemorative medal...
perhaps to celebrate getting out of his engagement?
although, i believe this one was struck first.)


Ludwig's mother, queen Marie & prinz Luitpold of Bavaria, 1864
(photo by joseph albert)


The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 26, 2009, 10:20:06 AM »

(okay, so i'm posting again... hopefully in the correct thread, this time.)

my apologies for the crookedness of some of the images... my scanner was having issues.
preliminary designs, by Eduard Riedel, for what would, eventually, become the castle of Neuschwanstein


"before & after" designs for Ludwig's very first (i think) "wintergarten", the Munich Residenz, July 1867

Ludwig's Residenz "wintergarten" is getting bigger...


The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 21, 2009, 03:21:50 AM »
don't worry.   i won't post anything again.

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 21, 2009, 03:19:37 AM »
well, since you're an FA, please feel free to remove both my posts.

i won't make the same mistake again.

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 21, 2009, 03:16:25 AM »

excuse me?!

as far as i know, ithese are the only 2 Ludwig threads i have started.

i'm sorry if this somehow bothers you....but i wasn't aware i needed to clear it with you.

i would also like to add, you could have been slightly more diplomatic in your chastisement.

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 21, 2009, 02:03:06 AM »
click on image to enlarge

one of his dressing rooms in Herrencheimsee

designs for the Living Room & Bedroom in Neuschwanstein

old furniture from the Linderhof bedroom, after it's final redecoration

The Wittlesbachs / Re: Ludwig II and his castles
« on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:28 AM »

NOTE: the last photo of a rather sparse looking desk, was taken after his death & just after the household "inventory" of his effects.


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