• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 345

    An Album of The Imperial Family and Grand Duchess Tatiana

    RUSSIA, CIRCA 1916

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    An Album of The Imperial Family and Grand Duchess Tatiana
    Russia, circa 1916
    An album of more than 40 rare personal photographs of the Grand Duchess Tatiana as a nurse in a private military Hospital in Tsarskoye Selo, close to the Alexander Palace, during World War I, including informal portraits and snapshots of the Grand Duchess together with patients and in the company of soldier Vladimir Kinkadze, also including 13 postcards and informal photographs of the Imperial family, snaphots of Grand Duchess with her mother and of her younger sister Anastasia; together with two other albums documenting the life and military career of Vladimir Kinkadze, a small photograph of Grand Duchess Tatiana as a nurse within a leather frame and a photograph contained in a leather wallet depicting the Duchess and Vladimir Kinkadze together in the Hospital; with numerous related loose various photographs of Tiflis, Georgia, and pictures from the War front
    The album 10¼ x 7 3/8 in. (26 x 18.7 cm.) (50)

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    Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna (1897-1918) was the second daughter of Emperor Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna.
    As a young teenager, Tatiana was assigned to the Vosnesenskii Hussar Regiment and given the rank of honorary colonel. She headed Red Cross committees during World War I and, like her mother and older sister, Grand Duchess Olga, she nursed wounded soldiers in military hospitals from 1914 to 1917
    Many of the photographs show Grand Duchess Tatiana in the company of soldier Vladimir Kinkadze, whom she cared for when he was wounded in 1915 and again in 1916. While photographs of the Grand Duchess with other members of the Imperial family in more formal settings are well known, the images of Tatiana in hospital setting, among patients and other medical personnel offer a rare intimate glimpse of her and her contributions to the war effort. The last page of the album includes a hand-written note in Russian, which possibly could be written by the Grand Duchess herself. It reads: 'If you are sad or you are feeling nostalgic if your poor heart is beating fast in your chest Go and kneel in prayer in front of the sacred icon Pray and your doubts will disappear and you will be enlightened with hope You will face the evil and your uncertainties and clearly see your destiny If your life (path) will becomes difficult and the storm is approaching don't be afraid but place all your hopes in God to whom you will pray with love'

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    Pre-Lot Text

    An exceptional group of items related to the Russian army

    The group includes two orders of St Andrew (lots 354 and 373) which belonged to two members of the Romanov dynasty, a sword belonging to Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich the Younger (1856-1926) and also a unique group of military objects, including archives and photographs (lots 346-352 and 355-372) assembled by a collector who dedicated his life to the study of the Russian army, the top lot being lot 350, the Life Guards Pavlovskii child mitre belonging to the Tsarevich Aleksei.