If there ever was a holiday that is synonymous with Victorians, it is Christmas. At first, this was great for 19th Century Modern. It made filling out the monthly news post fairly easy. After a time, it has been more difficult to find news that does not pertain to “standard” Dickens Christmas, Victorian Tea, or some fundraiser showcasing the traditional holiday pageantry of the 1800s. All of that is well and good, but I want something . . . well, . . . new, hence the term “News.” So December has now become my most challenging month to hunt for spins on the old Victorian Christmas and other delightful randomness. The results? An interesting blend in the form of eight share-worthy headlines!
The curated list below includes a dreadful book malaise and a record breaking overdue fee. It is the Librarian in me. What can I say? I love this stuff! Another beautiful Victorian home is up for sale. A steampunk keyboard shows up and might be the perfect last minute gift for the gear-head on your Christmas list. Oh! There is an article about Victorian names the author really thinks ought to make a comeback. Personally, I disagree on a few of her choices, but I shall let you be the judge. A fun random bit includes culture clash, espionage, and testosterone-laden feats of cunning and daring-do! Lastly, there are two headlines that rift on the good ol’ 19th century Christmas, because honestly . . .
I just completed the mystery The Secret Daughter of the Tsar by ?? and it has no lodged the notion of Russia in my brain. I wished to look at the Russian court fashions of the ladies of the “Blessed Family.” I fear this might be a long post, full of glorious portraits of the Russian Empresses and their daughters throughout the 1800s.
The first real consort of the new era from 1801-1825; was Elizabeth Alexeivna (nee Louise Baden). Below as the Grand Duchess of Russia (equivalent to English Princess) prior to her wedding. She was married to Alexander I.
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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