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The Kleinmichels
« on: August 17, 2004, 11:11:25 AM »
Countess Marie Kleinmichel (nee' Keller) was regarded by her contemporaries and present day scholars as one of Russia's greatest pre-revolutionary society leaders. She survived the upheavals and emigrated to Germany where she wrote her memoirs. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and Peter Massie both wrote of her escape from her palace. Her on account differs from theirs. I know it was sacked during the Revolution. The Countess herself mentions this. Does anyone know of its subsequent fate? She also had a villa on one of the islands. It still stands.

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2004, 12:01:37 PM »
Cart, you have brought up an excellent subject, and reminded me that I need to keep looking for a copy of Countess Kleinmichel's memoirs . . . I am sure they would be of exceptional interest.

Perhaps someone out there can provide us with information about her homes, as well as her life?

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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2004, 01:23:11 PM »
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Countess Marie Kleinmichel (nee' Keller) was regarded by her contemporaries and present day scholars as one of Russia's greatest pre-revolutionary society leaders. She survived the upheavals and emigrated to Germany where she wrote her memoirs. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and Peter Massie both wrote of her escape from her palace. Her on account differs from theirs. I know it was sacked during the Revolution. The Countess herself mentions this. Does anyone know of its subsequent fate? She also had a villa on one of the islands. It still stands.


Countess Kleinmichel was indeed a great hostess, but as Meriel Buchanan recalled "her parties lacked both the charm of Princess Orlov´s and the dignity and magnificence of Countess Shuvalov´s"
I must say that the beauty and magnificence of the Shuvalov palace is really overwhelming, even for Petersburg standards.

Her Palace was on Sergievskaya Ulitsa 35-37. I suppose that something of the interior decoration must remains to this day.(Most probably the ballroom)

Her neo-gothic villa is in quite good shape. This villa was designed by I. A. Pretro in 1904, and replaced the earlier mansion by Stakensneider from 1836. Some of the interiors preserved, though, the decorations of the second half of the XIX century. Sadly, the villa´s wonderful wooden adjacent pavillion no longer exists(i think it was burned...). The pavillion was designed by F.F. Postels in 1909. During the 1920s the villa housed a Club for workers similar to a sanatorium( sanatori is the russian word).
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« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2004, 08:19:11 PM »
The villa is in Kamenny island, in front of the Kamenoostrovsky theater, very close to the 1º Yelaguin bridge.

And yes, it´s the same Sergievskaya ulitsa where Olga´s palace stands.

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2004, 11:55:19 AM »
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Countess Marie Kleinmichel (nee' Keller) was regarded by her contemporaries and present day scholars as one of Russia's greatest pre-revolutionary society leaders. She survived the upheavals and emigrated to Germany where she wrote her memoirs. Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna and Peter Massie both wrote of her escape from her palace. Her on account differs from theirs. I know it was sacked during the Revolution. The Countess herself mentions this. Does anyone know of its subsequent fate? She also had a villa on one of the islands. It still stands.

I read her book....
but I interested in destiny of  other Kleinmichels
http://kleinmichel.prov.ru

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2004, 12:26:35 AM »
Yes I agree completely with Joanna, this is a marvellous link.  Thanks E-38! :D


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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2004, 02:15:28 PM »
For those interested in the fate of other members of the Kleinmichel family, I have only a few leads.  The Countess Marie mentions that only one male heir, one of her nephews' sons, survived the First World War and the Revolution.  Princess Marie Vassilichikov mentions a young Countess Kleinmichel in her memoirs.  Greg King wrote that a Count and Countess Kleiinmichel were among those who celebrated with Prince and Princess Yousoupov following their successful case against MGM.  Hopefully the leads will help someone.
                          Good Luck, Cart

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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2006, 06:24:19 PM »
I was surprised that there was not a thread devoted to the Kleinmichels. In Grand Duchess Olga's biography, it is mentioned that the annual balls of the Grand Duchess Vladimir and of Countess Marie Kleinmichel were fixtures in the St. Petersburg social season. Does anyone have any information on Countess Marie von Keller Kleinmichel?

I believe that there is also a Countess Ekaterina Kleinmichel, whose niece Olga Konstantinovna Kleinmichel married the supposed sailor love interest of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. Countess Kleinmichel also escaped through Malta after she left Russia.

Does anyone have any information on these to Countesses Kleinmichel? Were they related in any way?

Thanks!

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Re: The Kleinmichels
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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2006, 02:34:52 PM »
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I was surprised that there was not a thread devoted to the Kleinmichels. In Grand Duchess Olga's biography, it is mentioned that the annual balls of the Grand Duchess Vladimir and of Countess Marie Kleinmichel were fixtures in the St. Petersburg social season. Does anyone have any information on Countess Marie von Keller Kleinmichel?

I believe that there is also a Countess Ekaterina Kleinmichel, whose niece Olga Konstantinovna Kleinmichel married the supposed sailor love interest of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. Countess Kleinmichel also escaped through Malta after she left Russia.

Does anyone have any information on these to Countesses Kleinmichel? Were they related in any way?

Thanks!

Countess Marie Kleinmichel managed to leave Russia via Sweden.She settled in France with her unmarried sister and wrote her autobiography "Memories of a Shipwrecked World".Prince Serge Obolensky in his memoirs recalls finding the two old ladies in very poor circumstances.To help them but not injure their pride he arranged for an allowance to be paid in the form of a mortgage repayments on some Obolensky property which the Countess had secured a lien.The other Kleinmichels are mentioned in "The Other Russia" a book of memoirs by Glenny & Stone published circa 1990.I think Countess Catherine Kleinmichel married Count Nieroth (will have to look it up),another Count Vladimir married  the widowed Princess Galitzine nee Countess Maria von Carlow in London in the 1920's.He was comptroller to the Grand Duchess Xenia in her later years.

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2006, 02:36:28 PM »
Countess Marie had only one surviving daughter Baroness de Korff.

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2006, 08:30:20 PM »
Very interesting...

I remember reading that there was a court official named Baron Korf, referenced by Alexandra in a letter. Are they the same?

Thanks again!

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Re: The Kleinmichels
« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2006, 03:47:19 PM »
A view of Countess Kleinmichel's villa on Stone Island c1920:

http://www.encspb.ru/bigimage.php?kod=3421

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