• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 170

    A Bronze Bust of Emperor Alexander III

    CAST AFTER THE MODEL BY N. SHLEIFER, APPARENTLY NO FOUNDRY MARK, 1909

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    Estimate

    A Bronze Bust of Emperor Alexander III
    Cast after the model by N. Shleifer, apparently no foundry mark, 1909
    Wearing the epaulettes of Alexander II, on a waisted socle, signed in Cyrillic and dated on the truncation 'N. Shleifer 09'
    14¼ in. (36.2 cm.) high


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    Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875-1960) was born at Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg, the fourth child and eldest daughter of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna. She married Grand Duke Alexander (Sandro) Mikhailovich, son of Michael Nikolaevich, in August 1894 and eventually bore seven children. Following the Revolution, Xenia escaped from Russia with her mother the Dowager Empress Maria and settled in England. By 1920, she had been allowed to move into Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Great Park by King George V, her first cousin. By the end of the 1930s, Xenia had moved to Wilderness House in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, where she remained until her death in 1960.

    Provenance

    Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, Frogmore House.
    Her granddaughter, Princess Xenia Andreevna.


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