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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Nicholson to Speak on the Jewels of the Romanovs at The Museum Of Russian Icons
Topic: Events

Nicholas Nicholson, authority on Russian fine art (18th C. – 1918) Russian decorative arts, Russian imperial ephemera and Russian furniture, is the guest speaker at the members' and press opening of the upcoming exhibition, The Tsars' Cabinet

Nicholas Nicholson, authority on Russian fine art (18th C. – 1918) Russian decorative arts, Russian imperial ephemera and Russian furniture, is the guest speaker at the members’ and press opening of the upcoming exhibition, The Tsars’ Cabinet on loan from the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William and Mary. His lecture is entitled Jewels of the Romanovs. The event is held March 27, 6 p.m., at the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA.

Jewels and jewelled objects  played a major part both in Russian Imperial ceremonials, and in the private lives of the Romanov family. Nicholson examines the art of jewellery and jewellery collecting in Russia from Peter the Great's formation of the "Diamond Chamber" and the organization of the Crown Jewels, to the creations of the vast private collections of the Imperial family, including works by Russian jewellers.

A native New Yorker, Nicholas Nicholson first visited the Soviet Union in the 1980’s where he developed his interest in Russian fine and decorative arts. He studied art history and Slavic studies at Kenyon College and graduated in 1991.

Mr. Nicholson joined Christie's Continental Furniture and Decorative Arts department as a graduate trainee, and was involved in the cataloguing and sale of the property of Alice Tully, Bernheimer & Co., and Rudolf Nureyev, among others. He then joined Christie's New York Russian Department as “Specialist” in 1994 and sold important property from Landsell Christie, Jane Englehardt, and Frank Sinatra, as well as participating in the landmark sale of the Fabergé Imperial 25th Anniversary Clock.

Mr. Nicholson left Christie's to become the American Curator of Jewels of the Romanovs; Treasures from the Russian Imperial Court an exhibition of works from five Russian lending institutions, including a selection of the Imperial Crown Jewels from the State Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation. The exhibition toured the US for two years, during which time the expert became a popular lecturer on Russian topics. In 1999, Mr. Nicholson joined an internet-based art location and advisory services and in 2008 started his own firm, Nicholson Art Advisory.

Mr. Nicholson has been an expert for online auction house Auctionata since 2013, and continues to do appraisals, research, and advisory work for individuals and institutions ranging from the Metropolitan Museum to the Russian Orthodox Church. While Mr. Nicholson is considered an expert on decorative objects from the "almaznii vek" or the Russian "Diamond Age" (1780-1810), his interests and expertise are broad and cover such diverse areas as French furniture, porcelain, Tiffany silver and 20th century jewellery; he is also a published novelist and translator.

The Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 700 Russian icons and artifacts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the compendium includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. The Museum was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, Gordon B. Lankton.

There is a fee for the lecture and advance registration recommended: Tickets: $7 for members, $10 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase with credit card is recommended at (978) 598-5000.

Regular Museum Admission: $7 for members, $5 for seniors (59 and over),  $2 for students (with ID) & children (3-17), children under 3 free.

The Museum of Russian Icons is located at 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA. 
© Museum of Russian Icons. 26 March, 2014


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:00 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 26 March 2014 9:00 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 27 March 2013
Romanov Conference: Purveyors of the Imperial Court
Topic: Events

This years topic at the 19th Tsarskoye Selo Conference will be Purveyors of the Imperial Court. The conference will be held at the Catherine Palace from November 25-27, 2013. 

Some of the suppliers to the Court of Nicholas II are well known, one of the most famous being Carl Faberge.

It is interesting to note that between 1912-1915 more than 20% of the Court suppliers were foreign.

For example, in 1912 almost 12% of all foreign suppliers were in Darmstadt (home of the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna), the same amount for Copenhagen (home of the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, the mother of Emperor Nicholas II), but only 8% - Berlin, 7% - of Frankfurt-am-Main, and less than 2% - in Munich.

More than 50% of the suppliers of the Imperial Court were manufacturers of food and beverages, clothing and footwear, jewelry and luxury items, furniture, dishes, perfume.

The rest were made up of coaches and car suppliers, stationery, books, and various tools and devices, pharmaceutical goods, flowers and exotic plants.

Among the suppliers were also hairdressers, photographers, painters, sculptors.

The Tsarskoye Selo Palace Museum Preserve is currently accepting applications and papers from participants. The conference will be held in Russian only.

© Paul Gilbert A Royal Russia. 27 March, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:52 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 27 March 2013 10:16 AM EDT
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Friday, 1 March 2013
Tsar's Cross Concert, St. Petersburg
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Topic: Events

On March 10th, 2013 the Alexander Nevsky Lavra in St. Petersburg will host the Tsar's Cross Concert, this year in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. The annual concert features a recital by famed Russian spiritual singer, Irina Skorik.

Songs presented at the concert come from all over Russia. They reflect a page in the tragic history of the Russian state, the innermost stirrings of the Russian soul and the harmony, love, and courage of the last Imperial family of Russia.

Irina Skorik 

One critic wrote: "The harmonious combination of the songs and photos increases the aesthetic, emotional perception of the music combined with the lyrics which awakens in the soul a deep sense of love, repentance, faith, and amazing clarity."  

The above video offers a haunting spiritual song and slide presentation dedicated to the Holy Royal Martyrs Nicholas II and his family sung by Ms Skorik.

© Paul Gilbert. 01 March, 2013

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 8:38 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 3 March 2013 7:54 AM EST
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