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Thursday, 24 April 2014
Romanov Collectibles - No. 3
Topic: Collectibles

 

These beautiful eggs are examples of a range of fine art objects using a unique miniature painting technique, made by the Monakhova Art Gallery Workshop in Ukraine. 

The paintings are done in oil colours using glaze coating miniature painting technique. Every item is made of wood, mainly lime wood, which is dried in natural conditions. Multiple layers of oil based lacquer are applied to the art objects in order to maintain the deepness of colours and prevent them from fading.

Monakohova have one showroom in Donetsk, Ukraine, and offices in Kiev and Yalta. 

Note: this article and images are for information purposes only. These items are not for sale through Royal Russia, nor do we have dealer information. 
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 April, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:23 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:49 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Romanov Collectibles - No. 2
Topic: Collectibles


The origin of the Syserti Porcelain Factory in Ekaterinburg actually began back in 1928. During the Soviet years it was merged with other porcelain manufacturers in the region, until 1960 when the group was renamed Syserti. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Ural factory began production of everything from porcelain iconostasis to beautiful coffee and tea services and Orthodox souvenirs. These photographs show just some of the beautiful items created by Syserti, which depict the images of the Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, their four daughters, Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and their only son and heir to the throne, Tsesarevich Alexis.
 

Note: this article and images are for information purposes only. These items are not for sale through Royal Russia, nor do we have dealer information. 
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 February, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:24 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:44 PM EDT
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Saturday, 23 November 2013
Romanov Collectibles - No. 1
Topic: Collectibles


Today, I am launching a new topic: Romanov Collectibles. In 2013 Russia marked the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. The Romanovs have been the subject of exhibitions, monuments, documentaries, books throughout the year and Russian retailers have been cashing in on the frenzy with new products, that will certainly become collectibles for many people. Please note that the items featured in this topic of my blog are for information purposes only, these products are not for sale from Royal Russia  - PG.
 
The Russian firm Don Printon are offering two iPhone 5 cases depiciting Emperor Nicholas II. They retail for 900 RUB ($27 USD). Don Printon will only fill customer orders in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
 
For more information on Romanov collectibles, please refer to the following link;

Russian Retailers Cash in on Romanov Legacy 

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 November, 2013
 

  

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:47 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, 23 November 2013 8:16 AM EST
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Friday, 25 October 2013
Made in Russia - Imperial Porcelain
Topic: Collectibles


 

Appreciated by kings and presidents, gaining awards in international exhibits in London, Paris and New York, Russian Imperial porcelain is a prestigious brand, proud of its imperial heritage and valued for its solid quality.
 
The enterprise established by the order of Peter the Great’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, was created to “serve native trade and native art”, and it has been doing so brilliantly for more than two and a half centuries.
 
The Imperial Porcelain Factory (or Manufactory) was established by Russian chemist Dmitry Vinogradov in 1744 in the town of Oranienbaum, currently Lomonosov, 40 kilometers west of the northern capital St. Petersburg. The talented mining engineer studied metallurgy in Freiberg and invented the formula of the Russian porcelain, though the first attempts to reveal the secret of porcelain making were made back in 1718 by Peter the Great during his visit to Saxony.
 
From the very beginning the factory produced wares exclusively for the ruling Romanov family and the Russian Imperial Court. But it is the Golden age of Catherine the Great that is considered the age of prosperity for its production, as it was obliged to produce fine porcelain and to bring profit.
 
After half a century of tough times, the beginning of a new 19th century marked a revival for the factory as by that time it had become one of the leading porcelain factories in Europe.
 
In the 1990s the enterprise started exporting its production to countries unfamiliar with its wares, particularly the US and Japan. In 1999 an American investing firm bought a controlling interest in the factory, which resulted in a long legal battle in Russia and eventually in a legal victory for the American investors. However, three years later they sold it to Nikolai Tsvetkov, president of oil firm Nikoil.
 
Recently the factory started producing hand-made copies of porcelain exhibited in the State Hermitage Museum collection. The pieces are stamped "Imperial Porcelain, 1744, St. Petersburg," along with the double-headed imperial eagle. The pieces made after 2002 held the back stamp with a red or a blue monogram along with the words "Hand Decorated, 1744, St. Petersburg, Russia", while the first post-Soviet export back stamp was a red monogram, saying "Made in Russia". 
 
© Voice of Russia. 25 October, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 4:20 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 25 October 2013 4:29 AM EDT
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Thursday, 10 October 2013
Russian Retailers Cash in on Romanov Legacy
Topic: Collectibles

Note: this article and images are for information purposes only. These items are not for sale through Royal Russia, nor do we have dealer information.  

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 10 October, 2013


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:17 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:44 PM EDT
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Saturday, 29 June 2013
New Coins Dedicated to Emperor Alexander III
Topic: Collectibles

 
The Russian bank Sberbank has received a set of three silver coins dedicated to Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894), minted in Fiji.
 
The first coin (left) features a portrait of Alexander III. The second coin (center) features the ceremony of the coronation of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna at Moscow on 27th May, 1883. The third coin (right) features a portrait of Emperor Alexander III with his family (Empress Maria Feodorovna, Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich (future Emperor Nicholas II), Grand Dukes George and Michael Alexandrovich, and Grand Duchess Xenia and Olga Alexandrovna).
 
Each portrait is in colour and supplemented with a symbol of power: orb, crown and scepter respectively. Sberbank of Russia are offering the sets for 12,600 rubles ($385 USD).
 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 29 June, 2013
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:05 AM EDT
Updated: Sunday, 30 June 2013 8:11 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Romanov Collectibles and Memorabilia No. 1
Topic: Collectibles

 

This beautiful colour calendar dating from 1910 showcases the last Imperial family: Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and their five children: the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the Tsesarevich Alexei.

The price in the lower right hand corner was 20 kopecks!

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 15 January, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 11:00 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2013 11:06 AM EST
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Monday, 29 October 2012
New Coin Dedicated to Imperial Faberge Eggs
Topic: Collectibles

 

The Mint of Poland offers a series of collector coins dedicated to the exceptional Tsar’s Fabergé Eggs. These absolute jewellery masterpieces symbolize extravagance and luxury. Designed by Peter Carl Fabergé and his assistants for the Russian tsars, Alexander III and Nicholas II, the eggs were made of gold and silver embellished with enamel and gemstones.

Until now the following coins have been released: the "Coronation Egg", the "Lily of the Valley Egg" the "Clover Leaf Egg”, “The Duchess of Marlborough Egg”, “the "Pansy Egg" and the „Bay Tree Egg”. The forthcoming  coin of the collection is the “100th Anniversary of Patriotic War 1812” – inspired by The Napoleonic Egg.

Obverse:
At the bottom – open Spring Flowers Egg (1899-1903) with a miniature basket of wood anemones inside. Above – the Niue Island’s Coat of Arms with the inscription “ELIZABETH II” and the mint’s mark (m/w) below. Around the Queen’s effigy – a decorative neorococo scroll ornament. At the top – the issuer’s name: NIUE ISLAND. On the right – a nominal value of the coin (2 dollars), on the left – the year of issue 2012.

Reverse:
In the central part – the stylized image of the original "Napoleonic Egg ". At the top, along the edge - the name of the series in English: IMPERIAL FABERGÉ EGGS. At the bottom – a fragment of the six Russian regiments fighted against the army of Napoleon, depicted in pad printing.

© Mint of Poland. 29 October, 2012



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Monday, 9 July 2012
Romanov Postcards
Topic: Collectibles

 

 

 

During my recent visit to Ekaterinburg I was delighted to find such a rich collection of books, postcards and other collectibles on the Romanovs. Any Romanovphile will be overwhelmed with the selections found in the city's shops, as well as at the Church on the Blood and Ganina Yama.

Of particular interest were beautiful colour portraits of the Russian Imperial family, including Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the Tsarevich Alexei. These portraits are all hand-painted by a local artist and sold in the gift shop at the Church on the Blood.

I was able to add another 40 photocards and 45 postcards of the Russian Imperial family to my own personal collection. All of them are of exceptional quality, and many I have not seen published in any pictorial to date.

Note: this article and images are for information purposes only. These items are not for sale through Royal Russia, nor do we have dealer information.  

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 09 July, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:23 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 24 April 2014 12:45 PM EDT
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