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A GOLD COMMEMORATIVE LEAF FROM THE IMPERIAL FUNERARY WREATH OF EMPEROR ALEXANDER III
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A GOLD COMMEMORATIVE LEAF FROM THE IMPERIAL FUNERARY WREATH OF EMPEROR ALEXANDER III

MARKED V. CHRISTESEN, COPENHAGEN, 1894

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A GOLD COMMEMORATIVE LEAF FROM THE IMPERIAL FUNERARY WREATH OF EMPEROR ALEXANDER III
MARKED V. CHRISTESEN, COPENHAGEN, 1894
Of leaf form, realistically chased to imitate veins, inscribed in Danish on the blades of the leaf 'Picked from / the Golden Wreath / of the / Coffin of Emperor Alexander III / December 1894.'
2½ in. (6.7 cm.) long
Provenance
Grand Duchess Olga (1882-1960).
Acquired by the previous owner from Asanta Tamara Gagarina Kulikovsky-Romanov, Grand Duchess Olga’s daughter-in-law.
Literature
P. Kurth, Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas and Alexandra, Boston, 1998, p. 48, illustrated.

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The present gold leaf came from one of the original laurel wreaths created for the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894. As a memento, members of the Imperial family were given a golden leaf from one of the funerary wreaths. This gold leaf by Vilhelm Christesen, originally belonged to Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960), the youngest child of the Emperor.

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