RUSSIA’S ROYAL HERITAGE UP FOR SALE
Photographs, Letters, Faberge, Icons, Paintings, Silverware,
Imperial Porcelain, Military Memorabilia and More!
A rare set of 48 colour polychrome plates of the Alexander Palace interiors (circa 1914) and 25 photographs of Emperor Alexander III
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Historical photographs featuring Emperor Alexander III and his wife, the Empress Maria Feodorovna, as well as their son, the last emperor of Russia Nicolas II, will go under the hammer along with 400 other sought-after lots on June 18th, 2012 at the auction house of Olivier Coutau-Bégarie in Paris.
The unique images of Alexander III, aka the Peacemaker, and his wife Princess Dagmar of Denmark have been modestly estimated at between €2,000-3,000.
Two lots consisting of a total 25 vintage photographs feature portraits of members of the Russian Imperial family visiting King Christian IX of Denmark and Queen Louise in Copenhagen. Some of the images that have managed to stand the test of time, preserved in good condition, even feature Nicolas II, the future emperor of Russia, also doomed to become the last.
One of the most unique items offered is a set of 48 colour polychrome plates of the Alexander Palace interiors. These extremely rare images show the private apartments of Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and their children. Taken in 1914, they allow us a rare glimpse into the home of the last Russian Imperial family while they were still in residence at the palace. They have been listed at between €3,000-5,000.
Apart from the Romanov family royal images, art collectors in search of much-coveted Russian icons will have over fifty masterpieces to choose from. Among the highlights ranging in price from €100 to €3,500 is a marriage icon painted on wood, decorated in ornate filigree and enamel and preserved under glass.
Jewelry, silverwork, porcelain, military memorabilia as well as all sorts of bric-a-brac from teapots to pill boxes, will also be available to collectors at the Coutau-Bégarie auction on 18 June.
Below, you can download, view and print a copy of the auction catalogue (in French only). Please note that we do not have individual copies of the catalogue for sale.
CLICK ON THE ABOVE IMAGE TO DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE 123-PAGE CATALOGUE
11 June, 2012