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    Sale 7630

    Russian Works of Art

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 32

    Two general shoulder boards

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Two general shoulder boards
    Each on gilt ground, each shoulder board with a silver monogram of Emperor Nicholas II, the first with red rim for a general (General-om-kavalerii); the second with raspberry red rim for a general of the 4th Rifle Guards Regiment of the Imperial family

    Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich the Younger was the Honorary Chief of the 4th Rifle Guards Regiment of the Imperial family (2)


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    Provenance

    Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich the Younger (1856-1929).
    Grand Duke Piotr Nikolaevich (1865-1931), brother of the above.
    Prince Roman Petrovich (1896-1978), son of the above.
    Then by direct descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

    Grandson of Emperor Nicholas I, Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich the Younger (1856-1929) was one of the most powerful and outspoken members of the Romanov dynasty in the years before the revolution in 1917. To distinguish him and his first cousin, Tsar Nicholas II, he was known within the imperial family as Nicholasha, or, as he towered above his rather short cousin, 'Nicholas the Tall'. He was made Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces at the beginning of the First World War.

    Born in 1856, he spent his entire life until the fall of the Romanov Empire in the Russian army. During the war against Turkey in 1877-1878, he was awarded the Order of St. George 4th class, as well as a golden sword. He joined the Guard Hussar regiment in 1877 and became its commander in 1884. In 1895 he became General Inspector of the Cavalry. At the beginning of the First World War, the Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich was the obvious choice for the post of Supreme Commander of the Russian Armed Forces due to his popularity in the army.