Bronze Sculptures of Emperors Alexander II and Alexander III to be Auctioned Topic: Auctions
Troubetzkoy's bronze sculptures of Alexander II (left) and Alexander III (right)
Two similarly sized bronze sculptures, one of the enlightened Tsar Alexander II at Christie’s (£50,000) and another more regal depiction of the ill-fated Alexander III at Sotheby’s (£80,000), are up for auction.
Both are models for monumental memorial sculptures of the tsars on horseback by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy (1866-1938), the leading turn-of-the-century society portraitist. Troubetzkoy’s bronze equestrian portrait of Alexander III, was cast by the Valsuani Foundry in 1909, his bronze equestrian portrait of Alexander II, was cast in 1910.
Alexander III is probably the best known because it was removed from its site in 1917 and relocated in 1994, to the courtyard of the Marble Palace in St Petersburg, after the collapse of the Soviet Union; Alexander II was never sited because of the outbreak of war in 1914.
Christie's Russian Art Auction will be held on 5th June 2017 in London; Sotheby's Russian Works of Art, Faberge & Icons Auction will be held on 6th June 2017 in London.
A stunning Diamond-Set, Guilloché Enamel and Two-Color Gold Russian Imperial Presentation Snuff Box with the cypher of Empress Maria Alexandrovna is being offered in an upcoming auction of Russian Works of Art on May 25 in New York. Doyle’s is the only auction house in New York with a dedicated Russian works of art department, Doyle’s upcoming auction comprises over 200 lots, including many works with Russian Imperial provenances.
Cartouche-shaped, with fluted baluster sides, the cover repoussé and chased with foliate scrolls and rosettes on a matted ground, centering an oval plaque enameled in translucent royal blue over a sunburst engine-turned ground, set with a silver-mounted diamond-set cypher of Empress Maria Alexandrovna beneath a Russian Imperial crown, within a gold border set with eighteen diamond-set flowerheads, the base centering a reserve engraved with a floral bouquet surrounded by scrolling foliage, in the original case, marked on flange and inside, also with St. Petersburg import mark. Height 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm), width 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm), depth 2 5/8 inches (6.7 cm).
Acquired by the father of the present owner.
Russian sovereigns followed the practice of their European counterparts of awarding jeweled snuff boxes (tabakerka in Russian, from the French tabatière). The practice began to flourish in the eighteenth century, during the reigns of the Empresses Elizabeth (1741-1762) and Catherine II (1762-1796), when snuff taking, which evolved into an elaborate social ritual, spurred demand for luxurious snuff boxes. In Russia, the practice of awarding snuff boxes endured into the reign of Nicholas II (1896-1917), long after the fashion for snuff taking had passed.
During the reign of Alexander II (1855-1881), many of the snuff boxes awarded by the sovereigns were supplied by the German goldsmith, C.M. Weishaupt und Söhne. Established in 1801, the firm participated in major international exhibitions and supplied the finest gold boxes to many of the courts of Europe. Other examples by the firm, bearing the jeweled cypher or portrait of Emperor Alexander II, were sold at Christie's, London, May 25, 2004, lot 215 and Christie's, London, June 10, 2010, lot 244. Snuff boxes bearing the cypher of the empress are rarer than those with the cypher of the emperor and seldom appear on the market.
Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880) was born Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine to Louis II, Grand Duke of Hesse (1777-1848) and Princess Wilhelmine of Baden (1788-1836). She was married to the future Emperor Alexander II in 1841 until her death in 1880. She gave birth to eight children, including future Emperor Alexander III (1845-1894).
The Cyrille Boulay Auction House will host two auctions on 19th and 20th May 2017 in Cannes, France, offering yet another magnificent selection of Russian works of art with an Imperial Provenance, as well as European royal treasures.
The first auction on 19th May will feature items from the Marquis Collection of Giuseppe de Morpurgo (1816-1898), a wealthy banker and politician from Trieste, he was a member of the Imperial Council of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the second half of the 19th century. The collection includes items of the Bourbon-Orléans-Napoleon families, the French nobility, and other royal families.
Of particular note are items of the Austrian Imperial family, the Habsburgs. Among these are personal items of Empress Elizabeth "Sisi", porcelain items from the service of Archduchess Stephanie, photographs, and more.
The second auction on 20th May will items of the Russian Imperial Family. Of particular note are Fabergé items, a collection of 27 colour lithographs of the Coronation of Emperor Alexander III in 1883, as well as works of art, militaria, icons, photographs, and more.
Fabergé frame with photograph of Emperor Alexander II, 1894
The Olivier Coutau-Bégarie Auction House will host an auction on 31st March, 2017 in Paris, France, offering yet another magnificent selection of Russian works of art with an Imperial Provenance.
The auction will feature more personal items from the collections of Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967), and his wife Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970), granddaughter of Emperor Alexander III and only niece of Emperor Nicholas II,
Among the items are Fabergé, letters, a rich collection of photographs of the Yusupov and Romanov families, icons and more. The items are being offered by Countess Xenia Nikolaevna Sheremeteva, the granddaughter of Prince and Princess Felix Yusupov
Also featured in the same auction, are the personal items from the collections of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna (1882-1957) and Prince Nicholas of Greece (1872-1938), including paintings, silverware, letters dating from the 1940s, photographs, books, and more.
The auction will also feature items from the collection of Princess Aurora Demidoff (1873-1904), wife of Prince Arsène Karageorgévitch (1859-1938).
A jewelled cutlery set given to a Yorkshire woman by the last Empress of Russia has been sold at auction for £20,000 GBP. The lot also included letters and other correspondence from the Russian Imperial family and has been bought by Harrogate's Royal Pump Room Museum.
The gift was given to the children of a Harrogate hotel owner by Tsarina Alexandra. The princess had stayed at Cathcart House to take the spa waters in 1894.
During her visit, the hotelier, Mrs Allen, gave birth to twins. Princess Alix of Hesse, as she was then known, took this as a good omen for her forthcoming marriage and sent the gift to mark the twins' birthday.
Princess Alix, who married the future Tsar Nicholas II in 1894, had asked to become the children's godmother. They were subsequently named Alix and Nicholas after her and her future husband.
Kate Howe, from Bulstrodes auctioneers, said the royal godmother sent the family an ornate boxed cutlery set made by the Russian imperial silversmiths the Grachev Brothers. Ms Howe said she was surprised when she saw the engraved box.
"During an ordinary valuation day, amongst all the tea sets and framed prints was this beautiful object and we couldn't quite believe what we were seeing," she said.
"Two identical boxed sets were sent for the boy and girl as indicated in the black and white photograph we have."
"The boxed set has been stored in the bank for many years and consequently is in excellent condition."
As well as the cutlery, a scrap book detailing the links between the Allens and the Russian Imperial family was also sold by the Dorset-based auctioneers.
It contains photographs and telegrams from Carl Faberge - the famous jeweller - requesting pictures of their hotel to be used in the design of a golden Easter egg which was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas as a present for his wife.
In a post on its website, antique dealers Wartski said it had acquired the item for the museum "with the aid of the Art Fund, V&A Purchase Fund, Friends of Museum and Friends of the Mercer Art Gallery".
Princess Alix, who was Queen Victoria's granddaughter, married Tsesarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich in November 1894. The couple ruled Russia until they were deposed following the revolution in 1917.
They were shot, along with their five children and servants, by Bolshevik revolutionaries in July 1918.
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The Olivier Coutau-Bégarie Auction House hosted an auction on 4th November, 2016 in Paris, France, offering one of the most magnificent selections of Russian works of art with an Imperial Provenance in recent years.
This historic auction features the personal items from the collections of Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967), and his wife Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970), granddaughter of Emperor Alexander III and only niece of Emperor Nicholas II.
The highlight of the auction included more than 120 items preserved for nearly 60 years in Mexico by Victor Manuel Contreras, one of Mexico's best-known sculptors. Of particular note is the regalia worn by Prince Felix Yusupov at the Eglington Ball, held in London on July 11, 1912.
In 1958 Contreras met the Countess Ksenia Sheremetyeva in Paris, the granddaughter of the famous Russian aristocratic couple. She invited him to lunch, where the aspiring Mexican sculptor met Prince and Princess Yusupov for the first time.
The young artist was invited to live at the Yusupov's home in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, and he spent the next five years there. He described his relationship with the prince as that of an adopted son and his father. The family used to introduce him to friends as "the son who fell to us from heaven."
For more information on this auction, and Victor Corteras relationship with Prince Felix and Princess Irina, please refer to the following link:
The Olivier Coutau-Bégarie Auction House hosted an auction on 3rd November, 2016 in Paris, France, offering yet another magnificent selection of Russian works of art with an Imperial Provenance.
Highlights of the sale featured unique historical memories from the personal collections of Prince Paul Alexandrovich Demidov (1869-1935), and his wife Elizabeth Feodorovna Trepoff (1881- 1978), from their residences in France, including the Villa Demidoff in Nice, and retained to this day by their direct descendants.
Among the items offered in the sale: Fabergé, silverware, porcelain, sculptures, portraits and paintings, lithographs, books, letters, photographs, orders and medals, weapons, coins, and much more.
This is yet another superb collection, which features many items of Russia's last emperor Nicholas II and his family.
Hotel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo Offers Russian Works of Art, Faberge & Icons on 20 July, 2016 Topic: Auctions
The Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo will host an auction on 20 July, 2016 in Monaco, offering yet another magnificent selection of Russian works of art and historical memorabilia with an Imperial Provenance.
Highlights of the sale features Fabergé, icons, sculptures, furniture, chandeliers, silverware, crystal, porcelain, militaria, and historical memorabilia, including personal items, gifts and portraits of the Russian Imperial family, and more.
A two-colour gold tea and coffee service of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna (1784-1803), the fourth child and second daughter of Emperor Paul I, and his wife Empress Maria Feodorovna has been put up for auction at Christie’s in New York on 13 April, 2016. Estimate: $1,500,000-2,500,000.
The Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna Service includes a vase-shaped teapot, coffee-pot, milk-jug, two-handled sugar-bowl and waste-bowl, an oval two-handled tray, six teaspoons and a pair of sugar-tongs,
From the wedding dowry of Grand Duchess Elena’s marriage on the 23 October 1799 to Hereditary Grand Duke Friedrich Ludwig of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1778-1819). After her death, the set was passed on by descent to their daughter, Duchess Marie Luise of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1803-1862), who married in 1825 Georg Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (1796-1853), son of Friedrich Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen subsequently Duke of Saxe-Altenburg and his wife Charlotte Georgine of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and then presumably by descent to their eldest son, Ernst I, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg (1826-1908) and then by descent in the family.
The last time the Swiss-made set, which weighs almost three kilograms, was put up for auction at Christie’s London was 12 May 1931, by an anonymous buyer.
Historians believe that a tradition to give golden tea or table sets to children and grandchildren dates back to 1779 when Russian Empress Catherine the Great ordered a golden coffee set for her two-year-old elder grandson Alexander Pavlovich (future Russian Emperor Alexander I).
Bulgarian Diplomat's Family File Lawsuit for Return of Imperial Snuff Box Topic: Auctions
A Russian imperial snuff box that the family of a Bulgarian minister
claims was stolen from the diplomat's son during the Allies' bombing of Europe
Copyright Notice: The following article was originally published in the December 22nd, 2015 edition of New York Post. Julia Marsh own the copyright of the work presented below.
The family of a late Bulgarian minister is suing Christie’s auction house for the return of a Russian imperial snuff box that they say was stolen from the diplomat’s son during World War II.
The “invaluable family heirloom” was sold to an unidentified buyer at a Christie’s auction in New York City last May — for more than three times its $180,000 listed price.
The 3¼-inch box has a French inscription that reads, “Given by His Majesty the Emperor Nicholas II to Dimitri Stancioff Bulgarian minister in St. Petersburg on the occasion of the Conference of Peace of 1899.”
Ten of Stancioff’s descendants, including Countess Felicia Von Abensberg Und Traun, are suing for the return of the heirloom.
They claim it was lost when Stancioff’s son Ivan was stationed at the Bulgarian consul in 1944 and an American bomb destroyed his home, sending the family fleeing for safety.
“The snuff box was stolen or otherwise misappropriated during the war years,” the suit says.
It was consigned to Christie’s by a “New England estate,” according to court papers.
The Stancioff family believes the sale of the box is not complete and it is still being held by the auction house.
A spokesperson for Christie’s said, “As with any title claim issue, it is Christie’s responsibility to hold the item until ownership can be determined by the courts.”
For more information on the sale of this item in June 2015, please refer to the following article: