IMPORTANT AND RARE COLLECTION OF FORTY GOLD-MOUNTED MINIATURE DRAWINGS EXECUTED BY GRAND DUCHESS MARIA FEODOROVNA, WIFE OF TSAREVICH PAUL (LATER TSAR PAUL I)
The first set of twenty-two framed and bearing the original French presentation inscription, "Les boutons sont presentes a la plus chere des Meres par celle qui est a ses pieds en vous suppliant d'agreer ses voeux et ses homages pour la journee d'aujourd' hui. Le 25 Juin 1790. Marie"
"These buttons are given to the dearest of mothers (Catherine the Great) by her who is at her feet begging her to accept her (best) wishes and homage for the day (we are spending together) today. the 25th of june 1790. Marie"
The drawings, mounted as buttons, depict the following from left to right: 1. Ruins in the manner of Jacques de la Joue (1687-1761) in the park Montbeliard, France, where Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna, wife of Paul I, spent her youth. 2. As above. 3. The pyramid in Tsarskoye Selo around which the favorite dogs of Catherine the Great were buried. 4. The Chinese pavilion in Tsarskoye Selo. 5. The sentry box Pavlovsk. 6. The mill and the pyl tower in Tsarskoye Selo. 7. The ruins in Tsarskoye Selo. 8. Same as No. 1. 9. The hut on the bridge in the park Montbeliard, France. 10. The Villa Borghese in Rome. 11. Same as No. 1. 12. The huts in the part of Pavlovsk. 13. Unknown monument. 14. The Chinese bridge in Tsarskoye Selo. 15. Same as No. 1. 16. The Admiralty in Tsarskoye Selo. 17. The Palladian in Tsarskoye Selo. 18. The column of Chesma in Tsarskoye Selo commemorating the victory of Prince Orlov over the Turks in 1770. 19. The Rumiantsev obelisk. 20. The cascade. 21. The cold bathhouse. 22. The hermit's hut in the park of Pavlovsk.
The frame with the metal gilt label 2862, the second set of eighteen mounted in two-color gold, also framed and with Russian inscription inside the back of the frame, "No. 264 in the catalogue of Rare Objects (They are) Described in the catalogue of Drawings and other work of the Imperial Family, under No. 266."
The drawings, also mounted as buttons, depict the following from left to right: 1. "Paullust", palace of Paul I, when Tsarevitch, in Pavlovsk. 2. Gatchina Palace, from the ponds, built by Raynaldi. 3. The round bower, Pavlovsk. 4. The Temple of Amity by Cameron, honoring Catherine. 5. The Lutheran Church, Pavlovsk. 6. the House of Invalids, Pavlovsk, built by Quarenghi. 7. "Marienthal", palace of Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna. When she became Empress, her husband, Paul I, made extensive alterations and it became "Fortress Bip". 8. The shipyards on the ponds in Gatchina. PAVLOVSK VIEWS 9. Early view of the Palace without wings, built by Cameron. 10. The church built by Quarenghi. 11. The old hot houses. 12. The bridge. 13. The old and new chalet used by Imperial children for gardening. 14. As above. 15. The Obelisk commemorating the foundation of the palace. 16. The new wing of the Grand Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, the personal apartments of Catherine II, built by Felten. 17. The cases in the park. 18. As above.
each 1½in. diameter