FOR SALE: Watercolour by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna




A Toronto couple have this lovely watercolour, a still life of a vase of pansies, painted by HIH Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (1882-1960) for sale. They are interested in finding a “new home” for this charming piece of Romanov history.

This painting was presented to the late Josephine Brown by the Grand Duchess (the year is unknown). Ms Brown gave it to the late Major Sonia Skil CD (1940 – 2011) who bequeathed it to the current owners. It is interesting to note, that Sonia was in the choir that sang the funeral liturgy for the late Grand Duchess in November 1960.

The painting is in MINT condition! The dimensions of the painting is 5″ by 6″ (11″ x 12½” with matting and frame). Olga has signed the painting in the lower right hand corner (see photo below) The painting was originally framed by the Roberts Gallery, a very well-known Toronto gallery, and part of the original backing was kept when it was re-framed by Major Sonia Skil.





The seller’s opening price is $2,000.00 USD, but is accepting offers from interested buyers. The painting will be sold to the highest bidder. Interested buyers will deal directly with the seller. The buyer is responsible for payment in US funds, shipping charges (including any customs and duty fees, taxes, etc), and insurance. Interested buyers will deal directly with the seller by e-mail and/or telephone. If you are interested in placing an offer on this painting, please e-mail Paul Gilbert ( and include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Your contact details will be forwarded to the seller, who in turn will contact you. 


Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna was born in the Cottage Palace at Peterhof, on 13 (O.S 1) June 1882. She was the youngest daughter of Emperor Alexander III, and the sister of Emperor Nicholas II. She fled Russia after the Revolution, and in 1948, she immigrated to Canada with her husband, Nikolai Kulikovsky, and their two sons, Tihon and Guri. They first settled in Campbellville, and later, Cooksville.

Olga began drawing and painting at an early age. During her years in exile, she had a particular fondness for painting still life and landscapes in watercolours. In October 1951, she had a showing at the Eaton’s Art Gallery, in Toronto, where her son, Tihon was employed. She produced over 2,000 paintings in her life. The sale of her paintings provided a source of income for her and her family. Works by Grand Duchess Olga are now in the private collections of HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, HM King Harald of Norway, the Ballerup Museum, Denmark, and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna died on 24 November 1960 at Toronto, Canada. She is buried next to her beloved husband Nikolai, in the Russian Section of York Cemetary in Toronto, Canada. 

If you wish to make a bid on this painting, please contact PAUL GILBERT at the following email address