Omsk Museum Restores Unique Throne,
A Gift to Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

Source: Вести.Ru. Language: Russian. Duration: 2 minutes,21 seconds.

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The unique ebony throne, made of wood, overlaid with silver and embroidered with velvet was a gift
to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, from the people of the Kalmyk region of the Russian Empire

The Vrubel Museum in the Siberian city of Omsk is currently restoring a rare gift presented to the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

The 100-year-old ebony throne is made of wood, overlaid with silver and embroidered with velvet. It is being restored so that it can be put on display during an exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 2013. The exhibition will display more than 150 items.

After the Bolsheviks seized power, the palaces along with their contents became the property of the state. The storage rooms of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo which contained many gifts presented to Nicholas II and his family, were also seized. The magnificent piece of decorative art was presented to the Empress in 1908 as a gift from the people of the Kalmyk region of the Russian Empire.

The throne of Alexandra Feodorovna, among other items were later handed over to the Leningrad branch of the State Museum Fund. In 1927 they began the distribution of these items amongst the various cities and museums across the Soviet Union. So, to Omsk, went the very throne chair of black wood, velvet and silver, which had been confiscated at the Alexander Palace.

On a small metal plaque on the back of the throne is inscribed "This chair is a gift presented to her Imperial Majesty the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna."

The throne was made according to the traditions of Buddhism. It has a high wooden back decorated with intricate patterns and pictures of animals, humans, flowers and the Russian double-headed eagle are carved. The two arm rests take the form of elephants, made of wood. The back and seat are made of velvet.

A matching throne was also made for Tsar Nicholas II. Historic records indicate that it was sent to Irkutsk, where it was used for other purposes. At this time, its whereabouts are unknown.

Omsk is one of many cities across Russia which are planning exhibitions and other events marking the historic anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 2013.

Source & Copyright: Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia
19 September, 2011