Diana Mandache, European royal families, Faberge jewellery, Familia regala, Imperial Russia, istoria regalitatii, Princess Marie of Edinburgh, Queen Marie of Romania, Regina Maria, Romanian Royal Family, Royal jewels
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the death of Marie Alexandrovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, Duchess of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Majesty magazine has just published my article ‘Always Imperial’ in their October 2010 issue.
Other articles on royal history contained within this issue: ‘Frankly speaking’ (Prince Francis of Teck) by Adrian Woodhouse, ‘On His Majesty’s Service’ (Duke and Duchess of Windsor) by Robert Prentice.
see for more articles www.majestymagazine.com
Stefano Papi’s new book ‘Jewels of the Romanovs. Family & Court’ is published by Thames & Hudson (September 2010):
Every jewel tells a story. Through his work at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and his own extensive research, Stefano Papi has spent years unraveling the mysteries of Russian imperial jewelry. He identifies pieces with little or unknown provenance, and he uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people who wore them. He takes us through the golden years, and after the Revolution he follows the survivors of the Romanov line—and their jewelry—in European courts and in Paris, where many exiles sought refuge.
I am happy to announce that the book also contains a few relevant photographs from my collection
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A splendid Faberge silver-gilt pearl and enamel heart shaped photograph frame was given to Thyra by her sister Empress Maria Feodorovna (Est. £60,000 –80,000). The gift was made in December 1905. Heart-shaped objects have an important place in works by Faberge: a heart was in the middle of two Easter eggs given by Nicholas II to his mother and heart-shaped cuff links were given by Empress Alexandra to her husband to celebrate the birth of their children. The frame is made even more personal with the addition of a beautiful miniature portrait of Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna. Workmaster: Michael Perchin, St Petersburg.