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Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« on: May 02, 2010, 11:45:24 PM »
I love to learn more about this catalogue.
Is it available?How many are there?
I read about it in Prince Michael of Greece book:Jewels of the Tsars.
Thanks

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 12:24:45 AM »
It's referred to in a lot of books about the russian jewels. Apparently it was produced in very limited numbers in French and English and excess catalogues were bought back by the soviets and destoyed.  This means it's an extemely hard book to find and very expensive when found. I've never seen one, but I have read that the quality of the illustrations in this catalogue is much better than anything else produced in the period on the royal jewels. If you ever set eyes upon a copy consider yourself lucky.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 12:40:39 AM »
Thank you katmaxoz
So it is a catalogue per say ,like in today's  auctions houses catalogues?or more a hardcover book?Is it just pictures or also descriptions of the jewels?Also what is the full title of the catalogue?I try to google it but not much info comes up.How many pages and pieces are in it?
You are right its like the original book for Costume ball in the Winter Palace 1903.The NYPL has the original but would not let me see it,And I understand .

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 01:31:07 AM »
Thank's for the link newfan. That's a pretty scary price.  Like I said - expensive!  A bunch of pictures were posted on this board http://members2.boardhost.com/royal-jewels/ from the book at one point by a former owner and I can see why the book is highly sought after as it shows jewels which either no longer exist or haven't been seen since they were sold in the 1920s.






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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2010, 05:09:33 AM »
Probably the most expensive book ever produced by communists.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 08:29:04 AM »
and this is the french language version of the same book, which seems more "common" compared to the english language version....

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5138893&sid=2e75bebd-3211-408a-8bb2-def901d53b75

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2010, 09:01:55 AM »
it is about 2/3 the price of the English language version.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2010, 10:55:53 AM »
So there are 2 separate books?I wonder if the exactly the  same.
I have emailed a person who owns one and was told that San Diego's GIA library have it, and to read Sinkankas description in "Gemology, an annotated bibliography" number 2046.
It would be be very interesting to see the pictures of the jewelry
Thank you all for your answers

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010, 11:27:43 AM »
it is the same book translated into 2 languages
In case  you were wondering who Aleksander Fersman was, here is a biography

Fersman, Aleksandr Evgenievich (1883-1945)
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Russian geochemist

Aleksandr Evgenievich Fersman was a Russian geochemist and mineralogist. He made major contributions to Russian geology, both in theory and exploration, advancing scientific understanding of crystallography and the distribution of elements in the earth's crust, as well as founding a popular scientific journal and writing biographical sketches of eminent scientists. He was known as a synthesizer of ideas from different subdisciplines.

Fersman was born in St. Petersburg on November 8, 1883, to a family that valued both art and science. His father, Evgeny Aleksandrovich Fersman, was an architect and his mother, Maria Eduardovna Kessler, a pianist and painter. Fersman's maternal uncle, A. E. Kessler, had studied chemistry under Russian chemist Aleksandr Mikhailovich Butlerov.

At the family's summer estate in the Crimea, Fersman first discovered minerals and began to collect them. When his mother became ill, the family traveled to Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) in Czechoslovakia. There the young Fersman explored abandoned mines and added to his collection of crystals and druses (crystal-lined rocks).

Fersman graduated from the Odessa Classical Gymnasium in 1901 with a gold medal and entered Novorossisk University. He found the mineralogy course so dull that he decided to study art history instead. He was dissuaded by family friends (the chemist A. I. Gorbov and others) who encouraged him to delve into molecular chemistry. He subsequently studied physical chemistry with B. P. Veynberg, who had been a student of Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev. Veynberg taught Fersman about the properties of crystals.

The Fersman family moved to Moscow in 1903 because Aleksandr's father became commander of the First Moscow Cadet Corps. Fersman transferred to Moscow University, where his interest in the structure of crystals continued. Studying with mineralogist V. I. Vernadsky, he became an expert in goniometry (calculation of angles in crystal) and published seven scientific papers on crystallography and mineralogy as a student. When Fersman graduated in 1907, Vernadsky encouraged him to become a professor.

By 1908, Fersman conducted postgraduate work with Victor Goldschmidt at Heidelberg University in Germany. Goldschmidt sent him on a tour of Western Europe to examine the most interesting examples of natural diamond crystals in the hands of the region's jewelers. This work formed the basis of an important monograph on diamond crystallography Fersman and Goldschmidt published in 1911.

While a student in Heidelberg, Fersman also visited French mineralogist François Lacroix's laboratory in Paris and encountered pegmatites for the first time during a trip to some islands in the Elbe River that were strewn with the rocks. Pegmatites are granitic rocks that often contain rare elements such as uranium, tungsten, and tantalum. Fersman was to devote years to their study later in his career.

In 1912, Fersman returned to Russia, where he began his administrative and teaching career. He became curator of mineralogy at the Russian Academy of Science's Geological Museum. He would be elected to the Academy and become the museum's director in 1919. During this period Fersman also taught geochemistry at Shanyavsky University and helped found Priroda, a popular scientific journal to which he contributed throughout his life.

Fersman participated in an Academy of Science project to catalogue Russia's natural resources starting in 1915, traveling to all of Russia's far-flung regions to assess mineral deposits. After the Russian Revolution, Lenin consulted Fersman for advice on exploiting the country's mineral resources. During World War I Fersman consulted with the military, advising on strategic matters involving geology, as he would also later do in World War II.

In the early 1920s, Fersman devoted himself to one of geochemistry's major theoretical questions regarding the distribution of the chemical elements in the earth's crust. Fersman worked out the percentages for most of the elements and proposed that these quantities be called "clarkes" in honor of Frank W. Clarke, an American chemist who had pioneered their study. Clarkes had traditionally been expressed in terms of weight percentages; Fersman calculated them in terms of atomic percentages. His work showed different reasons for the terrestrial and cosmic distribution of the elements. He was interested in the ways in which elements are combined and redistributed in the earth's crust. He coined the term "technogenesis" for the role of humans in this process, concentrating some elements and dispersing others through extraction and industrial activities.

Over the next twenty years, Fersman was responsible for a reassessment of the U.S.S.R.'s mineral resources. There were many areas, such as Soviet Central Asia and Siberia, which were thought to be resource-poor. Fersman showed otherwise, traveling from the Khibiny Mountains north of the Arctic Circle near Finland to the Karakum Desert north of Iran. He found rich deposits of apatite (a phosphorus-bearing mineral useful in fertilizers) in the former and a lode of elemental sulfur in the latter.

Fersman was acutely aware of the history of his profession and of science in general, passing on to his students his respect for his predecessors, especially Mendeleev and Vernadsky. He wrote many biographical sketches of distinguished scientists and published a number of popular works on mineral collecting. He was active in the Academy of Science of the U.S.S.R., serving in five different administrative posts, and received a number of honors, including the Lenin Prize. He died in the Soviet Georgian city of Sochi on May 20, 1945.


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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010, 11:46:22 AM »
There were two catalogues.  the one discussed here was the initial catalogue.  It was published in 1925.  Another one was published in 1927 and was the sales catalogue.  I think it actually has the prices of the pieces in it.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010, 12:45:28 PM »
Ok here is whats in it

RICHARD T. LIDDICOAT GEMOLOGICAL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTER

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RECORD
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Author
Fersman, Aleksandr Evgenoevich, 1883-1945.

Title Statement
Russia's treasure of diamonds and precious stones.

Published
Moscow : The People's Commissariat of Finances, 1925.

Edition
English ed.

Description
var. paging : photos ; 41 cm.

General Note
SHELVED IN OVERSIZED.

General Note
"Russia's Diamond Treasure is composed of the best portion of the
State-Jewels and Regalia, formerly the property of the tsars."--p. 12

General Note
"Official examination [of the Treasure] took place in March-April [1922]
.. Description of the whole collection is the personal contribution of
the mineralogist A.E. Fersman assisted by S.N. Troinitzky...and A.N.
Benois... "--p.12-13.

General Note
"Experts especially appointed ... expert-jewellers: A. Faberger, A.
Kolter, B. Masseiv, A. Bock, A. Frantz, and the skilful [sic] photographer
I. N. Alexandrov." -- p.13.

General Note
"'The Diamond Treasure' in four parts contains 25 phototyped plates to
each."--p. 13.

General Note
"This edition published in Russian, English and French (separately) is
strictly limited."--p.13.

General Note
"Russia's 'Treasure' is composed of 406 separate pieces of jewellery in
all: 271 different articles...: crowns; globe, sceptre and chains; stars,
crosses and emblems; diadems; necklaces; 'rivières' (diamonds); brooches
and clasps, etc.; lockets; head-gears; pins; earrings and buckles; buttons
and rings; court-ornaments; gold snuff-boxes and other small boxes;
solitaires (loose stones); sundry gold trinkets."--p. 14-15

General Note
Jewelers mentioned in Part 2: Rockentin (German); Jérémie Posier; Aurolé
(Frenchman, mounter of stones).

General Note
Jewelers mentioned in Part 3: Fredericks (British merchants); Eckard;
Duval et Fils; Terenin; Sachs; Hahn, Pfisterer, Chr. Boist. (?); Bolin,
Koechli.

General Note
In "Seven historical gems of 'Russia's Treasure'" the following seven
historical gems are discussed: emerald (136 cts); Ceylon sapphire (approx.
260 cts); Chrysolite; Spinel (400 cts., found in Crown of St. Catherine);
Table/portrait diamond (2 mm thick, 7-8 square cm.); Orlov diamond; Shah
diamond.--Pt. 4, p. 9-11

General Note
In reference to plate 29 which is described as "Golden bracelet with a
huge flat diamond", the text states that this is "the largest portait
diamond in the world... 4.0 x 2.9 cm, approx. 25 carats."--Pt. 2, p. 18.

General Note
For more history on this work, see Lord Twining's A history of the crown
jewels of Europe, p. 530-558. NK 7406 .T973h

General Note
For a brief mention of Agathon Faberge's role in this work, see The
Faberge imperial easter eggs by Tatiana Faberge et al., p. 66. NK 7198
F18 F28f 1997

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2010, 12:46:10 PM »
PART 2

RICHARD T. LIDDICOAT GEMOLOGICAL LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CENTER

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RECORD
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Author
Fersman, Aleksandr Evgenoevich, 1883-1945.

Title Statement
Russia's treasure of diamonds and precious stones.

Published
Moscow : The People's Commissariat of Finances, 1925.

Edition
English ed.

Description
var. paging : photos ; 41 cm.

General Note
SHELVED IN OVERSIZED.

General Note
"Russia's Diamond Treasure is composed of the best portion of the
State-Jewels and Regalia, formerly the property of the tsars."--p. 12

General Note
"Official examination [of the Treasure] took place in March-April [1922]
.. Description of the whole collection is the personal contribution of
the mineralogist A.E. Fersman assisted by S.N. Troinitzky...and A.N.
Benois... "--p.12-13.

General Note
"Experts especially appointed ... expert-jewellers: A. Faberger, A.
Kolter, B. Masseiv, A. Bock, A. Frantz, and the skilful [sic] photographer
I. N. Alexandrov." -- p.13.

General Note
"'The Diamond Treasure' in four parts contains 25 phototyped plates to
each."--p. 13.

General Note
"This edition published in Russian, English and French (separately) is
strictly limited."--p.13.

General Note
"Russia's 'Treasure' is composed of 406 separate pieces of jewellery in
all: 271 different articles...: crowns; globe, sceptre and chains; stars,
crosses and emblems; diadems; necklaces; 'rivières' (diamonds); brooches
and clasps, etc.; lockets; head-gears; pins; earrings and buckles; buttons
and rings; court-ornaments; gold snuff-boxes and other small boxes;
solitaires (loose stones); sundry gold trinkets."--p. 14-15

General Note
Jewelers mentioned in Part 2: Rockentin (German); Jérémie Posier; Aurolé
(Frenchman, mounter of stones).

General Note
Jewelers mentioned in Part 3: Fredericks (British merchants); Eckard;
Duval et Fils; Terenin; Sachs; Hahn, Pfisterer, Chr. Boist. (?); Bolin,
Koechli.

General Note
In "Seven historical gems of 'Russia's Treasure'" the following seven
historical gems are discussed: emerald (136 cts); Ceylon sapphire (approx.
260 cts); Chrysolite; Spinel (400 cts., found in Crown of St. Catherine);
Table/portrait diamond (2 mm thick, 7-8 square cm.); Orlov diamond; Shah
diamond.--Pt. 4, p. 9-11

General Note
In reference to plate 29 which is described as "Golden bracelet with a
huge flat diamond", the text states that this is "the largest portait
diamond in the world... 4.0 x 2.9 cm, approx. 25 carats."--Pt. 2, p. 18.

General Note
For more history on this work, see Lord Twining's A history of the crown
jewels of Europe, p. 530-558. NK 7406 .T973h

General Note
For a brief mention of Agathon Faberge's role in this work, see The
Faberge imperial easter eggs by Tatiana Faberge et al., p. 66. NK 7198
F18 F28f 1997

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010, 12:46:43 PM »
Contents Note
Partial contents:  PLATES: Part 3. Plate 51: The small imperial crown. The
cross and the spinel of the large imperial crown -- Plate 52: Imperial
sceptre with the "Orlov" diamond. Indian solitaires set in brooches. The
diamond "Shah". Brooch with a large solitaire. The Indian solitaire of the
imperial globe -- Plate 53: Diamond necklace with rubies and spinels.
Diamond bow with red spinels. Earrings with spinel ear-drops -- Plate 54:
Order of the Cross of St. Catherine (first class). Ensign order. Badge of
a Maid of Honour with the monogram of Catherine II. Star of the Order of
St. Andrew -- Plate 55: Diamond brooch with two large pearls and a pink
diamond. Diamond brooch with pearls. Pearl bracelet with a diamond
clasp-fermoir ornamented with a sapphire -- Plate 56: A diamond locket
with the portrait of Nicolas I. Diamond brooch with a large ruby-balais
and a diamond pendant. Order with a portrait in enamel of Peter I.
Bracelet with large diamonds and a portrait in the clasp -- Plate 57:
Diamond strings with tassels. Amethyst ornaments -- Plate 58: Diamond
buttons. Diamond trimmings of different designs. Sapphire buckles for
shoes of the Elisabethan epoch. Diamond hair-pin in the form of bows --
Plate 59: A golden porte-bouquet in green enamel with diamonds. Amethyst
earrings. Amethyst earrings with ear-drops -- Plate 60: Golden earrings
with aquamarines. Silver and golden earrings with aquamarines. Silver
earrings with aquamarines. Diamond bow-trimmings. Diamond earrings --
Plate 61: Hair-pin in the form of a bow. Six silver clasps with diamonds.
Diamond bow with rays -- Plate 62: Diamond girdle -- Plate 63:
Feather-aigrette with pearls -- Plate 64: Diamond nosegay of the
Elisabethan epoch. Diamond earrings on a coloured foil. Diadem-bandeau in
the form of a garland -- Plate 65: Diamond "epaulet" with tassels. a
diamond "epaulet" in gold -- Plate 66: Diamond bow with pearls. Diamond
brooch in the form of a bow. Diamond brooches (fermoirs) with spinels.
Ornaments in the form of golden bows with rubies and small diamonds.
Diamond earrings with ear-drops and with rubies. Diamond buckles with
spinels -- Plate 67: Large diamond brooch with pearl pendants. Diamond
brooch-fermoir with a large sapphire. Brooch with a large emerald
cabochon. Brooch-coulant with large emeralds -- Plate 68: Diamond diadem
(crown) with 18 pear-shaped pearls -- Plate 69: Diamond necklace with
sapphires -- Plate 70-72: Diamond [diadem?] set with large emeralds --
Plate 73-75: Diamond [diadem?] set with sapphires -- Plate 75:
Brooch-fermoir with diamonds and different natural-coloured stones --

Contents Note
Partial contents:  PLATES: Part 4. Plate 76: A string of large pearls --
Plate 77: Ear-rings with large pearl ear-drops. Pendant with a rare Indian
briolet. Diamond aigrette with pearl pendeloques. Brooch-aigrette with
diamond branches and pearl pendants -- Plate 78: A pearl and diamond pin
in Louis XV style. Head-band in Louis XVI style in silver and gold --
Necklace with diamond-studded bows. Diamond clasp in Louis XV style --
Plate 79: Diamond dress trimmings -- Plate 80: Diamond stripes set in
silver -- Plate 81: Diamond brooch with an oriental turquoise. Diamond
diadem with an oriental turquoise -- Plate 82: Ensign orders -- Plate 83:
Nosegay of narcisses. A small nosegay with enamelled leaves and ruby
flowers -- Plate 84: A baby's rattle with a whistle, Elisabethan epoch --
Plate 85: Diamond diadem with Indian briolets -- Plate 86 [MISSING]:
Golden cross with four large diamonds. Two brooches with Ceylon sapphires.
Diamond brooch with a large sapphire and diamonds. Brooch decorated with a
large emerald, covered with an Arabian inscription. Diamond brooch with a
large ruby -- Plate 87: Emerald "Sévigné, brooch. Ear-rings with emerald
ear-drops. Two pendants with globular emeralds. Brooch with a hexagonal
emerald. Locket with a labradorite. Pendant with a large emerald. -- Plate
88: St. Andrew's Cross studded with diamonds. Star of St. Andrew's order.
Star and Cross of the Order of Alexander Nevsky. Cross of the hat of St.
Andrew's order -- Plate 89: A hair-pin in the form of a laurel branch with
emeralds. A collection of chrysolite ornaments -- Plate 90: Golden chain
of the Order of the White Eagle -- Plate 91: Diadem with large
sapphires -- Plate 92: Ancient emerald pins. Silver hair-pins with
sapphires. Emerald and diamond pins, epoch of Peter I. Five emerald
pins -- Plate 93: Diamond pin in the form of a flower with a pearl
pendant. Small diamond nosegay on a coloured foil. Diamond brooch-aigrette
in the form of a branch. Aigrette in the form of a stalk with 3 flowers.
Three silver hair-pins with diamonds. Diamond flowers -- Plate 94: Order
of the "Golden Fleece". Aigrette, representing a bird, with
natural-coloured stones. Diamond ornament. Diamond ear-rings. Hat-pins --
Plate 95: Pearl diadem. Diamond necklace. An enamel bracelet set with
diamonds -- Plate 96: Jasper snuff-box, Louis XV style. Snuff-box
decorated with emeralds. Round snuff-box with the miniature of Catherine
II -- Plate 97: A mother-of-pearl fan, with a painting representing the
coronation of a Russian tsar -- Plate 98: The golden goblet of Earl
Saltykov -- Plate 99: A diamond sabre -- Plate 100: Sword with a
diamond-studded hilt.

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Re: Fersman catalogue of the imperial jewels
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2010, 12:47:17 PM »
Local Note
Copy 1: Christie's Geneva (Nov. 1997) Theodore Horovitz library, lot no.
137 description: "parts I-IV, folio, plates unbound as issued in original
wrappers ( occasional slight fraying), original portfolio (rubbed and
lightly stained, lacks ties)"; ; CN: Brittle; tissue overlays tearing and
in some cases detached from plates; original wrappers are not intact; case
cover is detached, fraying and dirty; spine is detached from front cover
and is torn; staining on front and back of case; cover page(?) for Part II
is torn; ties for case not intact; Missing plates 26 and 86.

Local Note
This 4-part folio was purchased by Theodore Horowitz at the Sotheby's
Magnificent Jewelry, Oct 19-20, 1987, Lot #184 for price of $2640
(including fees) -- D. Dirlam 6/15/98. With funding provided by Ishaia
Gol, GIA Library purchased this work from Christie's Geneva, Nov. 18,
1997.

Subject
Crown jewels--Russia--Catalogs.

Subject
Gems--Russia--Catalogs.

Name Added Entry
Faberge, Agathon.

Name Added Entry
Troinitsky, S. N.

Name Added Entry
Benois, A. N.

Name Added Entry
Masseiv, B.

Name Added Entry
Bock, A.

Name Added Entry
Frantz, A.

Name Added Entry
Alexandrov, I. N.

Call Number
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Location
Cartier Rare Book Repository & Archives

Copy 1
Non-Circulating

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Call Number NOT AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING AT THIS TIME
Item ID: RTL017954
Item Notes: 11/18/97 Christie's Geneva Horovitz Auction
Collection Type: John Sinkankas Library Collection
Media: BOOK - BY APPT. ONLY