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On the occasion of European Heritage Days, the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in France, Mr. Alexander Orlov, will on this rare occasion, open the doors of his residence to the public.
An exhibition of Imperial Russia will be held in this magnificent mansion built between 1711 and 1713 for the Comte d' Estrees and in 1863 became the headquarters of the Russian embassy.
Through a large number of works of art, paintings, portraits, prints, historic relics and objets d'art, mostly from private collections, three hundred years of Russian history will be traced. The exhibit will also highlight the close relations between France and Russia since the visit of Peter the Great in 1717.
The successive reigns of Peter I, Catherine II, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicolas II will be highlighted by the presentation of porcelain factories such as Gardner, Kousnetsoff, Kornilov, goldsmiths: Fabergé, Bolin, Gratcheff, Ovtchinikoff, Marchak, as well as exquisite malachite objects from the Urals, and many more treasures.
Folk art is also widely highlighted with the famous paper mache boxes of Palekh and Loukoutine, objects carved in wood by the school Talachkino and cigarette cases of Karelian birch. Many of these objects are from the private collections of the Russian Imperial family.
The exhibit also looks at the Russian Imperial army, the official visits to France by Russian rulers, the Franco-Russian Alliance will also be part of the exhibit program.
Albums of private photographs of Nicolas II and his family on vacation in Denmark, letters written during their captivity in Siberia, are a moving testimony to the tragic fate of the last Romanovs.
The exhibit will run from September 18 to October 10, 2010
From 10:00 to 18:00 - 18, 19, 25 & 26 September
THE AMBASSADOR OF RUSSIA
Télephone. : 01 45 56 13 49
Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia