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The Iussupovs were one of the wealthiest families in Russia at the end of the ninteenth century. Prince Nicholas Borissovich Iussupov (1827-1891) was without heir at his death. His daughter Zinaida Nicholaevna married Count Felix Felixovich Sumarokov-Elston (1856-1928). Count Sumarokov-Elston, following his marriage, was declared by the Imperial Ukaz in 1885 heir of the title and the name of his father-in-law, heritage which he received at the death of the above in 1891. Thus his full name and title became Prince Iussupov, count Sumarokov-Elston. In 1914 his son Felix married in 1914 Grand Duchess Irina Alexandrovna, the niece of the Emperor Nicholas II. In December 1916, Prince Iussupov was an instigator in the murder of Grigorii Rasputin.
The so-called Iussupov 'Scandinavian' Service entered Russia in the late nineteenth century, possibly following the death of Prince Nicholas Borisovich in Baden-Baden. It descended in the family to Princess Zinaida Iussupova and her husband Count Felix Sumarokov-Elston. In the autumn of 1917 their son, Prince Felix Iussupov, hid a large group of silver, among other family valuables, in the basement of their palace of the Moika Canal in St. Petersburg. Felix went on to the family house in Moscow, where he hid more silver, jewelry, and other possessions. The St. Petersburg cache was soon discovered by Soviet authorities, but the Moscow cache was only discovered in the spring of 1925. Contemporary photos show parts of the silver service among the discovery.
Some of the Iussupov Service was sold by Antikvariat in Russia in the late 1920s, including the present set of plates. Three dinner plates, purchased from Antikvariat at the same time, were sold in these rooms October 24, 2002, lot 86.