Topic: Alexander II
Commissioned in 1875 for the Russian Imperial family, the album has been returned to Livadia Palace
This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017
An album containing family photos of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Alexandrovna, which historians considered lost, was returned to Livadia Palace-Museum last week. Its’ return was made possible thanks to the Revival of the Nation Foundation, founded by the famous Russian cellist and businessman *Sergei Roldugin. The album was in the possession of a private collector, and after two years of negotiations, the album was purchased and returned to Russia.
*It is interesting to note that Roldugin was responsible for the restoration of the Palace of Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich, situated on the Moika Canal in St. Petersburg. The restoration was carried out between 2006-2009, at a cost of 800 million rubles. In 2009, the administration of the St. Petersburg House of Music moved into the building, in April 2011, the first concerts in the English Hall of the palace - PG
The album was among a number of unique items made for the Russian Imperial House by the Moscow Silver Factory. Commissioned in 1875, the album with morocco leather covers is decorated with silver gilt ornaments and opaque enamel of different colours and clasp. Inside, there are 22 original photographs - in mint condition - of members of the Russian Imperial and English royal courts.
Visitors will have an opportunity to view the album next year in Livadia Palace, where it will become part of an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emperor Alexander II in 2018. The album along with other rare family photographs will become an important part of the exhibition First Imperial Owners of Livadia. It was Alexander II who in 1861 bought this estate for his wife Maria Alexandrovna. Prior to the donation of the album to Livadia Palace, there were no original photographs of the first Imperial palace owners in the palace-museum collections, with the exception of one vintage photo of Empress Maria Alexandrovna.
As the museum workers emphasize, this album is also an outstanding example of jewellry art, reflecting the development of the Moscow school of enamel, as well as an item of unique scientific and historical antiquarian value.
"I am delighted that Crimea continues to develop as one of the great cultural centers of Russia, and we will continue to strengthen this position," - said the Head of the Republic of Crimea Sergei Aksenov - "there are a lot of historical monuments, which reflect the history of Russia, those which represent the House of Romanov, as well as those related to the history of Crimea and Livadia Palace".
The album contains photographs of the family of Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Alexandrovna
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 26 December, 2017