• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 171


    Price Realised  


    Grand-Duchess Alexandra Nicolayevna of Russia (1825-1844), in white satin décolleté dress with Mechlin lace collar secured with a ruby and diamond sprig brooch, pearl necklace with diamond encrusted ruby clasp, matching drop-pendant earrings, a wreath of pink roses in her dark curled hair; russet curtain with gilt tassel and column background
    signed 'Winberg.' (lower right)
    on ivory
    oval, 4¼ in. (107 mm.) high, heavy ornate rectangular ormolu frame with easel stand

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    Alexandra Nicolayevna was the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas I, Emperor of Russia (1796-1855) and his consort, Princess Charlotte of Prussia (1798-1860). Alexandra was celebrated at court for her beauty, wit and musical talents. She was married to Prince Frederick William of Hesse (1820-1864) in 1844. Alexandra was incapable of assuming her new position beside her husband in Hesse, however, because she contracted acute tuberculosis shortly before the wedding. Greatly weakened by the illness, Alexandra died after giving birth the same year.

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    Christie's, Geneva, 15 November 1988, lot 317.