14 septembre 2019

Exhibition at the Hermitage Amsterdam presents brilliant pieces from the Winter Palace

AMSTERDAM.- From 14 September 2019 until 15 March 2020, tens of thousands of precious gems will sparkle at the Hermitage Amsterdam. From agate to zirconium, almost every type of precious stone will be on display. They were turned into the most exquisite jewels and accessories, worn by Russian high society. Together with an abundance of richly decorated ball gowns, imperial costumes and majestic portraits, the jewels tell the personal stories and give a fascinating impression of over two centuries of fashion and jewellery.... [Lire la suite]

28 août 2017

Exhibition at the Kimbell Art Museum focuses on the life of Giacomo Casanova

  Giacomo Casanova, by his brother Francisco Giuseppe Casanova, 1750-1755. FORT WORTH, TX.- Notorious today for his amorous pursuits, Giacomo Casanova (1725–98) was esteemed by his contemporaries as a charming conversationalist, expert on many topics, and an international man of letters. He traveled widely throughout the continent, with extended sojourns in his native Venice, Paris, London, and much of Eastern Europe, mingling with royalty, popes and luminaries such as Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin along the way. This... [Lire la suite]
17 avril 2016

The Orloff Service of Catherine the Great: A set of twelve Louis XV silver-gilt plates, Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers, Paris, 1770

Lot 167. The Orloff Service of Catherine the Great: A set of twelve Louis XV silver-gilt plates, Jacques-Nicolas Roettiers, Paris, 1770. Estimate 80,000 — 120,000 USD. Lot sold 90,000 USD. Photo: Sotheby's the rims applied with running laurel with acanthus at intervals, the borders chased with the Russian Imperial Arms below a band of Vitruvian scrolls on matted ground, marked on backs and pricked and stamped with numbers: 8, 25, 33, 46, 68, 70, 73, 83, 84, 98, 103, and 123; diameter 9 3/4... [Lire la suite]
24 février 2015

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Announces Major Gift from Rothschild Heirs

BOSTON, MA —The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is acquiring a collection of 186 objects originally owned by Baron and Baroness Alphonse and Clarice de Rothschild of Vienna—members of the celebrated Rothschild banking family. The gift includes European decorative arts, furniture, prints, drawings, paintings, and personal objects including jewelry and jeweled objects, miniatures and rare books. Many of these works were seized in 1938 following the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany. A selection from the gift... [Lire la suite]
22 juin 2014

Rare Louis XV gold snuff box sells for over 150,000 at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes sale

A Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enamelled snuff box by Jean-Joseph Barrière, Paris 1771, the rim stamped 724. Sold for £158,500 (€198,746). Photo Bonhams. LONDON.- A rare Louis XV vari-coloured gold and enameled snuff box was sold for £158,500 at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes sale in London yesterday (18 June). It had been estimated at £100,000-150,000.  The ovoid box, which was made in Paris in 1771 by Jean-Joseph Barrière, the cover with a central enamelled panel painted after Boucher with a grisaille... [Lire la suite]
07 mai 2014

Catherine the Great's silver dishes that survived melting down and revolution for sale at Bonhams

Catherine the Great's silver vegetable dishes estimated at £30,000-50,000 for the pair. Photo: Bonhams.  LONDON.- Two spectacular silver vegetable dishes from dinner services used by the 18th century Russian Empress, Catherine the Great, are to be sold at Bonhams Fine Silver and Gold Boxes sale in London on 18 June. They are estimated at £30,000-50,000 for the pair. Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, holds sales of Fine Silver in London and New York.  The vegetable dishes are among... [Lire la suite]

25 février 2014

Pendant. Reddish-pink tourmaline, gold, enamel. 18th century

Pendant. Reddish-pink tourmaline, gold, enamel. 18th century. This beautiful reddish-pink gem the size of a chicken egg and weighing 260,86 carats was brought from Holland to France and then to Bohemia. Then it found its way from Prague to Stockholm where it became a real treasure in the collection of King Gustav III. While on his visit to St. Petersburg in 1777 the Swedish monarch presented it to Catherine the Great.
13 juillet 2012

"Catherine the Great: an Enlightened Empress" @ National Museum of Scotland

      Portrait of Catherine II on her horse Brilliant, by Vigilius Eriksen, after 1762. Images © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. EDINBURGH.- It is 250 years since the coup d’état which placed Catherine the Great on the throne of Russia. This summer, a major exhibition showing only at the National Museum of Scotland tells her remarkable story. In the greatest collection of Russian treasures ever seen in the UK, the exhibition presents spectacular objects from her collection.  Catherine the... [Lire la suite]
18 juin 2012

Imperial Crown of Russia created for the coronation of Catherine the Great, Russian Crown Jewels.

Imperial Crown of Russia created for the coronation of Catherine the Great, Russian Crown Jewels.
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23 juillet 2010

'Wicked Portraits' by Mark Summers

Alexander the GreatHannivalJulius CaesarBismarckAtilla the HunHenry VIIILeopold IIDrakeGenkis KhanVladCatherine the GreatRobespierreGeorge IIITorquemadaNapoleonMary TudorRasputinPizzarroEdward VIICixi(source www.behance.net)