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Thursday, 2 January 2014
Russian Court Upholds Protected Status of Arkhangelskoye
Topic: Yusupov

 
View from the terrace of the Yusupov Palace at Arkhangelskoye estate
 
The Supreme Court has overturned a decision by the Moscow region government to allow construction on environmentally protected land of the Arkhangelskoye estate, an area that VTB and Sintez might want to develop.

The court ruling Friday marked the first lawsuit against the regional government won by local residents, Vedomosti reported.

"An attempt to seize protected land for construction has fallen through," said Yevgeny Sosedov, chairman of the Moscow chapter of the All-Russian Association for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Landmarks.

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling that the Moscow Region Court handed down in September to rescind three orders by former Moscow region Governor Boris Gromov that rezoned the land in question for construction. Those were some of the last orders that Gromov signed before he stepped down in May 2012.

The court acted on a complaint from 23 individuals who own parcels of the land.

One of the real estate developers that announced plans to build housing on the territory was Sinergo Development, which was going to build $3 billion worth of upscale apartments in a project it named Barvikha Island. It planned to start in 2007 but the company folded and, according to the RBC news wire, its assets passed to a company called Sintez Development.

Vedomosti also earlier reported that some of the 430 hectares of the land ended up at state-controlled VTB, the country's second-largest bank. A spokesperson for the bank declined comment. 
 
© The Moscow Times. 02 January, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:33 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 2 January 2014 12:38 PM EST
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Friday, 27 December 2013
Arkhangelskoye Palace Opens Imperial Hall
Topic: Yusupov
 
 
The video (in Russian) shows visitors to Arkhangelskoye getting their first peek at the newly restored Imperial Hall
 
As the ceremonies marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty come to a close, Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate has completed the restoration of the Imperial Hall in the former Yusupov palace in Moscow. The recreation of the state hall’s historic interiors was a result of the restorers study of historical documents, vintage inventories, and photographs. They managed to not only restore the architectural elements, but also furniture, mirrors, lamps, and paintings. 

For the first time since 1985, visitors can once again walk on the beautifully restored parquet floors. On the walls are portraits of the Russian monarchs - from Peter the Great to Nicholas II. The Princes Yusupov not only demonstrated devotion and loyalty to the House of Romanov, but also their proximity to the throne.

"The Princes Yusupov lived under six emperors, served four and crowned three" - said the director of the Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate, Andrei Gagarin.

The Imperial Hall was created in the palace specially for a visit by Emperor Alexander I. A reminder of this historic event is reflected in the large portrait of the tsar and his retinue by the French artists Jean Francois Joseph Swebach (1769-1823) and Henri-Francois Riesener (1767-1828). 

The entire interior of the hall is reflected by three mirrors, all of which are more than two hundred years old. The mirrors were made of two or more parts. This was due to the fact that in those days the technology would not allow to produce large sheets of glass. 

Thanks to the diligent research and artistic abilities of restorers, it is now once again possible to view the historic interior of the Imperial Hall from the last owner of the Arkhangelskoye estate, Princess Zinaida Yusupova. 

In 2014, the Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate will open other rooms of the palace to the public, the first of which are scheduled to open their doors to visitors in mid-February 2014.
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 27 December, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 3:23 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 1 January 2014 8:42 AM EST
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Thursday, 19 September 2013
Famous Romanov Couture to be Relaunched in Paris
Topic: Yusupov
 

 Princess Irina Yusupova, daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, with her husband, Prince Felix Yusupov

One of the oldest French couture houses, Maison Irfé, is making a comeback with a show during Paris Fashion Week. The house has been re-launched by a new creative director, designer Olga Sorokina, who discovered the house and was inspired by its history.

Maison Irfé was founded in Paris in 1924 by Prince Felix Yusupov and his wife Princess Irina - the irresistibly beautiful niece of Tsar Nicholas II and granddaughter of Tsar Alexander III.  The Yusupovs founded the couture house Irfé, named after the first two letters of their first names. Irina modeled some of the dresses the pair and other designers at the firm created.  The label expanded rapidly from its original Parisian atelier, opening three new branches in Normandy, London and Berlin. With Irina as brand ambassador and muse, the popularity of the fashion pieces increased and the label soon launched a line of limited-edition fragrances created for four categories of women - blondes, brunettes, redheads and silver haired women.

As a nod to the founders, this week’s debut show coincides with the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov, the last imperial dynasty to rule over Russia, which began its reign in 1613. The show will take place at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday September 26 at 12.30 pm - and will be attended by Xenia Sphiris, Irina and Felix's granddaughter, whose blessing Sorokina obtained before reviving the label. 
 
© Vogue and Royal Russia. 19 September, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:04 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 19 September 2013 2:21 PM EDT
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Saturday, 8 June 2013
New Life for Arkhangelskoye
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Topic: Yusupov

After being closed for nearly 30 years, the palace-estate complex of the Yusupov family at Arkhangelskoye (situated about 20 km west of Moscow) has once again opened its doors to visitors.

Arkhangelskoye is a perfect example of an historical monument reflecting several eras of Imperial Russia. Rich in history, the estate has retained the main features of the old manor building, and various other buildings scattered throughout the vast park. The characteristic features of several artistic styles are united to reveal its classic foundation.

In the early 1980s, a decision was made to carry out a complex repair and restoration work around the manor complex, and therefore, in November 1985 the palace was closed to visitors, and the museum began work in preparation for the upcoming restoration. The work lasted only two years.  The staff was reduced to 18, the exhibits moved to temporary storage. The restoration costs were disproportionately higher than the funding received from government coffers. Therefore, the museum began to work on the restoration of the vast park surrounding the palace. Today, it is considered one of the finest parks not only Moscow but also Russia. 

A qualitatively new stage in the history of the museum began in January 1997 when, in accordance with a decree of the Russian Federation, "On measures for the preservation and further use of the historical and cultural monuments at Arkhangelskoye in the Moscow region," the Arkhangelskoye Museum-Estate was transferred from the Ministry of Defence to the Ministry of Culture, and received the new status and the official title of "Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate".

Views of the cermonial halls restored in 2007

After the restoration of several palace interiors in the spring of 2007 - the museum was able to open for the first trial show tour during the summer season. Visitors got their first look at three ceremonial halls - Entrance Hall, Antechamber and the Oval Room.

Since then there has been ongoing restoration of the state rooms located on the first floor of the palace, including: the State Dining Room, Tiepolo Hall, North Hall, Antique Hall, South Hall, front bedroom, and the Imperial Hall.

On May 31st, 2013, after years of restoration the Arkhangelskoye State Museum-Estate  unveiled the next room - the Main Dining Room. The multi-style decor which includes Egyptian frescoes and chandeliers, as well as a collection of rare Japanese and Chinese vases is both spectacular and elegant. 

The video (in Russian) shows visitors to Arkhangelskoye getting their first peek at the newly restored dining room

While the palace is now officially open, the parmount task of the museum will now be the preparation and opening of more rooms, with several planned for this summer. Now comes the hard work: the restoration of paintings, frames, objets d'art and furniture which will fill the rooms of the palace-museum. Much of this work will be carried out by experts selected by an advisory board. Their restoration will be based on old photographs which depict the interiors as they looked before the Revolution. 

On a more personal note, I have been travelling to Moscow since 1986, a year after Arkhangelskoye closed its doors. I have visited the estate on several occasions over the years only to find it closed and falling into a sad state of disrepair. I look forward to my next visit to Moscow in which Arkhangelskoye will be on my list of places to visit. I look forward to seeing yet another fine example of the Yusupov legacy.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 08 June, 2013


 

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Updated: Saturday, 8 June 2013 12:31 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Court Blocks Efforts to Build at Arkhangelskoye
Topic: Yusupov

 

The Moscow Region Arbitration Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Oblstroiuniversal against the Cadastral Chamber of the Moscow Region, a division of the Federal Service for State Registration, Cadastre and Cartography.

The company leases 20 hectares of forestland in the park attached to Arkhangelskoye Museum and wanted to deprive the land of its conservation status, which prohibits any construction on it.

The site dates to the 18th century and surrounds the well-known Gonzago Theater.

The park, which has a total area of 46 hectares, was leased to three private companies for "health and fitness purposes" in 2004. In 2008, the agreements were rewritten for "recreational purposes" with the right to build. Tenants planned construction, in spite of restrictions stemming from the site's historical status in cadastral records.

"To overcome that obstacle the tenants filed suit," said Yevgeny Sosedov, deputy head of the Moscow region branch of the All-Russia Society for the Preservation of Historical and Cultural Monuments.

"Removal of restrictions from the state cadastre … would really free their hands," added Alexei Konevsky, head of land law, real estate and construction practice at the Pepeliaev Group law firm.

In addition to Oblstroiuniversal, the other two tenants at Arkhangelskoye had filed similar suits. On March 1, the Moscow Region Arbitration Court ruled in favor of Erlik Group, which rents 20 hectares. But on March 11, the same court dismissed the suit brought by the Park Arkhangelskoye company, which rents the 6 hectares of forestland around Gonzago Theater. Park Arkhangelskoye has not appealed that decision.

Construction in protected historical and cultural areas is a frequent subject of dispute in Russian arbitration courts, Konevsky said.

"However, tenants rarely win in such disputes, only if there is something wrong with the documents establishing the land's conservation status," he said.

The owners as well as the tenants of Arkhangelskoye are fighting for the land. The Defense Ministry, which previously owned 20.67 hectares of land since 2005, sold it at auction to Gradostroi, owned by businessman Viktor Kiselyov, for 754.5 million rubles ($25 million).

A day later, Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev asked Prosecutor General Yury Chaika to halt the sale, since a 1996 government decree transferred Arkhangelskoye and the territory surrounding it to the museum in perpetuity.

In March, the Moscow Region Arbitration Court found the auction of the land in the protected area illegal. The Defense Ministry has filed an appeal.

© The Moscow Times. 15 May, 2012



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Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Illegal Construction Carried out in Arkhangelskoye Estate
Topic: Yusupov

 

A modern building is planned to be erected at the territory of the Arkhangelskoye memorial estate in Moscow.

Builders have dug a huge ditch just several hundred meters away from the Arkhangelskoye Palace, and drove heavy construction equipment and delivered building materials to the protected zone.

This has been reported by the editor-in-chief of Our Heritage magazine Vladimir Enisherlov. According to him, "This territory represents the neighbourhood of two establishments: the memorial estate itself and a military sanatorium. The military sanatorium appeared there after the revolution, when Lev Trotsky seized Arkhangelskoye. Later, in the 1960s, a sports base hotel of the CSKA football team was built in less than one kilometer away from the palace. This base was demolished at the end of the last year. So, we all thought that now the Ministry of Defense would restore that part of Yusupov’s Park, where the base had been constructed. But just three days ago new construction was started there. They say that the House of Receptions of the Ministry of Defense will be built there”, reports Radio Kultura.

© Oreanda.Ru. 25 April, 2012



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Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2012 11:32 AM EDT
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Friday, 6 April 2012
Portrait of Prince Felix Yusupov by Valentin Serov
Topic: Yusupov

 

Prince Felix Yusupov poses for famed Russian artist, Valentin Serov (1865-1911). He is holding his French bulldog, Gugusse, which he bought in Paris in 1900. Felix reminisces lovingly about his "devoted and inseperable" canine companion in his memoirs, Lost Splendour. Gugusse lived to the ripe old age of 18!

Serov is considered by many as one of the premier portrait artists of his time. He painted numerous portraits of members of the Russian Imperial family, the Russian nobility, as well as depictions of the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II in 1896. 

Serov's portrait of Prince Felix Yusupov was painted in 1903. Today, this portrait can be seen at the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 06 April, 2012



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Updated: Sunday, 8 April 2012 8:01 AM EDT
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Thursday, 5 April 2012
Yusupov Chambers: Splendid Residence of Russia's Richest Nobles
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Topic: Yusupov

A former royal residence turned into the home of one of Tsarist Russia’s wealthiest families, Yusupov Chambers is offering visitors a fascinating journey through the centuries.

­Located in Bolshoi Kharitonyevsky lane, the area was once woodland during the times of Ivan the Terrible. The Tsar liked to hunt there, so he ordered a palace to be built.

The legend goes that it was designed by Barma and Postnik, the renowned duo who went on to create St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square. The Tsar used the palace to relax after his hunting sprees, feasting lavishly, before slipping back to the Kremlin via a secret underground tunnel.

After Ivan’s death, the building stood abandoned until the reign of Peter the Great, when its ownership switched hands several times. The chambers were successively presented to a string of courtiers who rose to power and then fell out of favor.

In 1727, the palace was granted to Prince Grigory Yusupov. The wealthy and influential House of Yusupov owned the chambers for the next 200 years, rebuilding and enlarging the estate and gathering a vast collection of art.

At the start of the 19th century parts of the huge house were rented out. One of the tenants was the father of Aleksandr Pushkin – the future poet loved to roam the palace’s gardens, which inspired some of his works.

After the revolution, the Yusupovs fled to Europe and the estate ended up housing an agricultural academy. Now restored to its former splendor, it is open to visitors. Much of the house is decorated in the traditional Russian style.

On the ground floor, the so-called Hunting Room is dominated by paintings of hunting scenes featuring Ivan the Terrible, while at the main staircase guests are greeted by lions holding the family’s coat-of-arms.

The first floor has a striking Chinese Room, decorated in the Oriental style, very fashionable in the 19th century. Next to it is the Throne Room used for receptions and adorned with portraits of several Russian Tsars. With plenty more to see, the palace offers a fascinating look at how some of Russia’s richest nobles lived.

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© Russia Today. 05 April, 2012



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Updated: Thursday, 5 April 2012 11:05 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Russian Court Rules on Arkhangelskoe Museum Estate
Topic: Yusupov

 

A Moscow Arbitration Court has nullified the order of the Defense Ministry on a public sale of the plot of land included into the protection zone of the Arkhangelskoe Museum Estate.
      
It is a reminder that Arkhangelskoye Estate is a palace-and-park ensemble of the late 18th century. It is located in Krasnogorsk District of the Moscow Region.
      
In June of last year the Ministry of Defense put up for auction a part of Arkhangleskoe – a site about 21 hectares large. A large building company won the auction having paid more than 754 million roubles for the plot of land.
      
The Arkhangelskoe Museum administration, Ministry of Culture, and a number of public organizations stood up against this deal. 
      
After the court session the representative of the Ministry of Defense did not comment on the court decision and refused to answer journalists’ questions.

© Russia Info-Centre. 14 February, 2012


 


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Updated: Tuesday, 14 February 2012 7:03 AM EST
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Saturday, 26 March 2011
Exhibition: Porcelain of the Yusupov Factory
Topic: Yusupov

 

The exhibition presents the articles of the Prince Yusupov Porcelain Factory from the collection of the Russian Museum: sets, beakers with the portraits of the prince, Nikolai I and Empress Maria Fyodorovna, plats with the image of flowers and fruits and another articles, with the paintwork made from the famous engravings and paintings by the European artists. These unique works painted by the serf painters who were educated by the French specialists, are distinguished by the distinctive style of paintwork and decorum. The splendid Yusupov porcelain of 1810 – 1830s was not intended for sail and was presented to the friends and guests of N. Yusupov and also to the members of Emperor’s family.

The exhibition runds from 11 November 2010 - May 2011 at the Stroganov Palace in St. Petersburg.

© The State Russian Museum. 26 March, 2011


 


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Updated: Friday, 1 April 2011 4:03 PM EDT
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