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Portrait of an Unknown Woman, 1883 Giclee Print

Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Ivan Nicolaevich Kramskoy, 1883

The Victorian English were known for their restraint and refined taste, the Belle Époque French for their vulgarity and penchant for Avant garde, but the Imperial Russians are known for their ostentatious and glittering display of all things eye catching and sparkly. The vibrant hues and gaudy jewels are hallmarks of the Russian court of Saint Petersburg; “the Paris of the East” in fashionable circles.

Such splendor demands inspection of vivid colors swirl amongst high design and intricate detailing. Prepare yourselves reader for a feast for the eyes. Be sure to have your hanky ready, least you should salivate. Enter Romanov Russia, a site offering wares of authentic antiques directly from the late Imperial family. Skeptical? This is what the site has to say,

After the fall of the Empire, a huge number of objects in precious metals were melted down to produce the first Soviet coinage. The bullion used to strike tens of millions of silver and gold coins between 1921 and 1924 had its primary source in confiscated silver and gold. This explains the rarity of gold and silver wares of the period on the market today in general, and of larger and heavier pieces in particular.

An unknown number of fine objects from private collections ended up in state museums. Almost everything of value, ranging from jewelry to books, went to the state vaults. The 1917 Revolution and the Civil War almost completely eradicated those items which displayed Imperial insignia, ciphers, and portraits of members of the Imperial family. In 1920’s and early 1930’s, the state, desperate for cash, organized a number of auctions at which porcelain, glass, bronze, carpets, books, and furniture from the Imperial palaces were sold to general public. For this reason, some pieces which belonged to the Imperial family are still available today.

Since 1998, Romanov Russia Ltd sold thousands of high-end Russian Imperial antiques and Faberge objects to private collectors, investors, art funds, and museums (including the Metropolitan in NY).

All items sold by Romanov Russia are guaranteed to be genuine antiques and of the period stated. Lifetime return privilege for authenticity. Ten day return for any other reason. Free world-wide shipping.

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Amethyst, diamond, and gold pendant earrings

Amethyst, diamond, and gold pendant earrings

By far my favorite available jewelry on the website. Below is a gorgeous, albeit, recently purchased engagement ring.

Pear emerald, diamond, and gold engagement ring

Pear emerald, diamond, and gold engagement ring

Handkerchief near by? This is an 18th century inspired bracelet created in the 19th century. I covet thee.

Blue enamel, diamond and gold Louis XIV inspired braclet

Blue enamel, diamond and gold Louis XIV inspired bracelet

For non-jewelry items, may I interest you in an authentic Faberge picture frame? Note the price. Perhaps this is a moment where the handkerchief ought to be used to dry your tears.

Salmon hued Faberge pictureframe

Salmon hued Faberge picture frame

If I ever have the supreme luxury to commission dishware for my house a la the First Lady and Monarchs of Old Europe, this would be my guiding inspiration. As for the wine jug? Well, it suddenly makes a wine bottle seem pedestrian.

Tsarevich Alexander Plate

Tsarevich Alexander Plate

Silver wine jug

Silver wine jug

As a my taste runs pretentious and intellectual, I could easily envision these items in my new office. I am a Librarian, of course, I covet a gilded codex!

Inkwell

Inkwell

From Czar Nicholas' personal library at the Winter Palace

From Czar Nicholas’ personal library at the Winter Palace

Lastly, photographs of the Empress Alexandra. Remember these are all genuine articles of the Royal Family. The first is a portrait of her “daywear.” I believe any historical costumer can appreciate the intricate pleats and seams required for her simple clothes. The final item is the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in full court dress. It is utterly breathtaking! There is a close up view on the website.

The Empress in her less than fancy clothes

The Empress in her less than fancy clothes

The Empress as everything an Empress should be

The Empress as everything an Empress should be

Dear Readers, are you too, lamenting your pocketbook is not quite so deep? Such art! Such detail! And so much money!