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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.

 © Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 19 February, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 1:24 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 19 February 2014 2:22 PM EST
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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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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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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Art Russe Auction Catalogue, Paris - November 15, 2012
Topic: Collectibles

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On November 15th,  Olivier Coutau-Begarie in Paris, France, will auction a splendid selection of Russian Imperial and Romanov objects. Included are icons, Faberge pieces, photographs and letters of the Russian Imperial family, porcelain, medals and awards, silverware, works of art, and much more.

© Coutau-Begarie. 01 November, 2012


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:13 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 1 November 2012 2:33 PM EDT
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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.

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.

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

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 10:22 AM EDT
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Monday, 22 October 2012
New Romanov Auction in Geneva, 10-13 December, 2012
Topic: Collectibles


Bernard Piguet, director and chief auctioneer of the Hôtel des Ventes Geneva, announces forthcoming sales of exceptional importance. From 10 to 13 December, emperors, kings, queens and princes will be the virtual guests of the Geneva based auction house, revealing a remarkable set of objects that have never before appeared on the market: Prince Romanov, Prince Youssoupov, Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain, King Boris III of Bulgarie, King Farouk of Egypt, Ferdinand Thormeyer (tutor to the children of Tsar Alexander III), Serge de Diaghilev, Serge Lifar… This is a unique opportunity to plunge into the world of these great names of history thanks to these many objects of prestigious provenance.

The special Russia auction which will be held at the Hôtel des Ventes of Geneva from Monday 10 December will give the general public an opportunity to immerse themselves in the lives of the last Tsars of Russia, in their private lives at court as well as their political and military roles. The collection includes unpublished personal photographs of the Russian imperial family, including a photo album – showing Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovitch trying out the trapeze in a room in the imperial palace and playing croquet with his sister Olga Alexandrovna – and photographs of  Tsarevitch Alexei, who was assassinated at the age of 14. These photographs as well as the unpublished autographed letters of the last Tsar Nicholas II to the head of the army Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaïevich, supreme commander of the land and sea armies at the beginning of the First World War will undoubtedly be the outstanding items on the opening evening of the auction. Other items of Russian military history in the period before the Revolution will also be offered for sale at this exceptional auction: shoulder decorations, officers’ helmets, medals… Books about the treasures of the Emperors of Russia, from Catherine II to Nicholas II, complete this prestigious collection. Most of these unpublished documents, that have never been displayed to the public before, come from the collection of the Romanov family.

The Hôtel des Ventes will also be offering for sale a collection of precious objects, family souvenirs and photographs that have never before appeared on the market from the estate of Her Majesty Queen  Victoria-Eugenia of Spain, who died in Lausanne in 1969. One of the top lots is undoubtedly a Russian decoration in gold and red enamel of the order of Saint Alexander Nevski.

The jewellery sale will include a cigarette box and two gold and diamond pins, offered by His Majesty King Boris III of Bulgaria to his prime minister. They have remained in the same family to this day.

© Hotel des Ventes. 22 October, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 2:11 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, 22 October 2012 2:23 PM EDT
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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.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 09 July, 2012

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 5:23 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 11 July 2012 5:37 PM EDT
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