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Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court
     

Jewels of the Romanovs: Family & Court

by Stefano Papi
 

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The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an abrupt end. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a time of particular elegance and extravagance for the tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial

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The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an abrupt end. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were a time of particular elegance and extravagance for the tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Women's Wear Daily
“A suitably lavish book showcasing the remarkable jewels owned by members of the last Russian czarist dynasty.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Stefano Papi has been wise enough to lard his text with photographs of the individual pieces as well as portraits of the Romanovs and their relatives. . . . We can see the effects that such objects d’art had on the mere mortals who wore them.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500515327
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
13.18(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Stefano Papi has worked as senior European specialist in the jewelry departments of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. His publications include Famous Jewelry Collectors and Jewels of the Romanovs.

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