Rare Faberge Cigarette Case Expected to Sell for 15,000 GBP at Auction Topic: Faberge
A RARE Faberge cigarette case is expected to fetch more than £15,000 at a Coventry auction next week. The 18-carat gold case was made by the world famous Russian jewellery firm some time between 1880 and 1917.
It comes in an original cedarwood box and is being sold by Warwick Auctions, in Queen Victoria Road, on Wednesday. Auctioneer Chris Burns, who has been in the trade for 30 years, said: “It’s very, very, rare.
“These come up for auction only at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in London – no Faberge has gone through here since the 1940s.
“The estimate is £10,000 to £15,000, but it could fetch a lot more. I’ve never seen one like it.”
The case is part of a large collection of Russian gold and silver being sold by a mystery seller from Coventry and Warwickshire.
Historian Sheds Light on Germany's Amber Room Hunt Now Playing: Language: English. Duration: 6 minutes, 41 seconds Topic: Amber Room
A German historian has made some remarkable discoveries about the missing "Amber Room” – an art collection dubbed the eighth wonder of the world.
Studying declassified intelligence files, Mario Morgner found out that East Germany was devoting huge amount of time, energy and money trying to locate St. Petersburg's missing "Amber Room."
The Amber Room, once located outside St. Petersburg, was designed by German Baroque sculptor Andreas Schlueter in 17th century as a present for Russian tsar Peter the Great from King Friedrich Wilhelm I. The room was lavishly decorated with amber panels, golden ornaments, mosaics, and gems.
During World War II, it was dismantled and shipped by German troops to Koenigsberg, now Kaliningrad. The room was put on display in the royal palace, but soon it was damaged by a fire and subsequently disappeared.
There have been many rumors and theories about where the Amber room went. In his new book “Geheimsache Bernsteinzimmer” (“Secret File Amber Room”), Morgner reveals previously unknown data on an East German intelligence operation called “Pushkin” that lasted for decades.
According to Morgner’s findings, the intelligence spent millions of marks to find the treasure. They thoroughly searched the mountains of East Prussia, where they thought they might find the remains of the room.
“There were about 120 locations that were opened up – old mines, depots, etc., mainly in the Ore Mountains,” Morgner told BusinessWeek. “But nothing much was found except for old rubber boots and rusting weapons. No trace of the Amber Room.”
Still, Morger insists that the room still exists.
“It would probably be a huge 3-D puzzle, interesting for art historians to look at to see the craftsmanship, but probably impossible to put back together again,” Morgner said. “The amber itself is indestructible. It can burn and it darkens with time, but it doesn’t decay.”
Visitors to the former hunting reserve of Bialowieza in Poland can now view a model of the former palace of the Russian tsars. The construction of the palace began in 1889 and was completed in 1894. An imperial hunt was organized that year for the Emperor Alexander III, it was to be his first and last hunt as he died the same year. His successor and son, the Emperor Nicholas II visited Bialowieza only five times during his 23-year-reign, the last being in 1912.
During the Second World War, the palace was used by German forces and later Soviet forces. It was during the evacuation of the Nazis in the summer of 1944 that a shell hit the tower of the palace which caused a fire that spread throughout the rest of the building.
The ruins of the palace were demolished between 1961 and 1963 by order of the Polish government. The model of the palace is on display in a museum which is located within the park. On display are portraits of the Russian tsars from Nicholas I to Nicholas II.
Tsarist-Era Treasures Found in 18th-Century St Petersburg Mansion Topic: Antiques
The treasure unearthed from a secret underground room in St Petersburg could belong to a Russian cavalry soldier, almost a century ago. Silver, jewels and medals are among the valuables discovered by chance during restoration works.
It’s believed the treasure belonged to a graduate of the Imperial Military Academy Sergey Somov, who fled Russia to France in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. The Russian hussar hid a unique selection of porcelain in a tiny room at the Vasily Naryshkin House. Somov worked as head of a history museum in Paris, and died in 1976, aged 88.
Forty bags containing several thousand pieces of silverware have been uncovered, including spoons and classic Russian samovars. According to art historians the collection is unique.
Experts will spend several days cataloguing the treasure which has not been officially valued. Afterwards the collection will become part of one of St Petersburg’s museums.
Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna Documentary Now Playing: Language: Russian. Duration: 1 hour, 56 minutes. Topic: Olga Konstantinovna GD
On March 15th of 2010, I posted an article in Royal Russia News about a documentary being made about the Grand Duchess Olga Konstantinovna. The complete two-hour documentary is now available for viewing.
Daily Life of the Russian Imperial Court Topic: Books
Russian historian and author, Igor Zimin has completed a series of books on the daily life of the Russian Imperial Court. To date, it is the most comprehensive study of the day-to-day lives of the Russian monarchs, their children and their extended family, which includes the grand dukes and grand duchesses.
Topics covered include all aspects of Russian Court life, biographies and anecdotes about members of the Imperial family, including their personal tastes, quirks, hobbies and eccentricities; ceremonies, security of the Imperial family; the care and upbringing of the August children; a glimpses into the Imperial kitchens, their dining habits and menus; ladies-in-waiting, maids of honour, valets and other servants. Each volume is packed with fascinating new material from a variety of archives in Russia, including the numerous Imperial palace-museum complexes.
The books contain hundreds of previousy unpublished photographs of palace interiors, personal items of members of the Imperial family, and much more.
The four-volume set has a combined page count of more than 2,400 pages, and is only available in Russian.
House of Romanov Still Doubts Authenticity of Ekaterinburg Remains Topic: Russian Imperial House
The House of Romanov has studied the Russian Investigative Committee's statement on the criminal probe into the murder of Russian Tsar Nicholas II, and his family said that the central question - whether the Yekaterinburg remains were authentic - has not been answered.
In October 2011, following a series of forensic tests the Russian Investigative Committee referred a copy of the statement on completion of the criminal probe into the imperial family's murder to the House of Romanov, which spent several months studying it.
"There is nothing new in this statement that was kept under wraps for so long. We did not find anything that would change our opinion concerning the authenticity of the Yekaterinburg remains," the House of Romanov spokesman Alexander Zakatov told Interfax on Tuesday.
Church Bell Depicts Royal Martyrs Topic: Ekaterinburg
A magnificent bronze bell depicting the Royal Martyrs: Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra, Tsesarevich Alexei, and Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. The bell rings proudly from the Church on the Spilled Blood, a memorial church built on the site of the Ipatiev House, where the members of the last Russian Imperial family were murdered in 1918 by the Bolsheviks at Ekaterinburg.
Members of the Orthodox faithful in Ekaterinburg began raising funds to finance the bell in 2004. The giant bell was cast in Kamensk-Uralsk and installed in the famous church in July 2010.
The christening of the Tsesarevich Alexei Nicholayevich, son of the Emperor Nicholas II and the Empress Alexandra Feodorvna took place on 11 August [O.S.] 1904, and was celebrated in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in the Grand Palace at Peterhof. According to the tradition of the orthodox church his parents were not present. The most important godfather was the tsar’s uncle, Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich, while the Dowager-Tsarina Maria Fyodorovna was the main godmother. After the ritual the tsar presented his tiny son with the highest Russian order, the gold chain of Saint Andrew.
Emperor Nicholas II arriving at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow in 1912. He is followed by Grand Duke Dimitri Pavlovich and Count Vladimir Fredericks, who served as Imperial Household Minister from 1897 to 1917.