A velvet bag made in St. Petersburg at the end of the 19th century, for the wedding of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, sold at auction in June 2018. The Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Reserve bought the accessory from the Bruun Rasmussen auction house in Copenhagen. The list price was DKK 20,000-25,000 / € 2,700-3,350.
It was a tradition in the weddings of the Russian Imperial family that these kinds of bags – filled with a special delicacy – were given to the wedding guests.
The handbag which measures 34 cm high and 26 cm wide, is made of orange velvet, bearing a crown, and the monogram of the Grand Duchess embroidered with silver thread on the front and back of the bag; the edges are decorated with braided orange cord with tassels. The satin golden-yellow lining bears an oval gray-blue stamp with a faded inscription “ST. PETERSBURG /// DE NEVSKY”.
The accessory was made for the marriage of Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna (1875–1960) with her paternal first cousin once removed, Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich (1866–1933). The wedding took place in the SS Peter & Paul Chapel in the Grand Palace at Peterhof on 6 August (O.S. 25 July) 1894.
Xenia Alexandrovna was the eldest daughter of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Feodorovna, sister of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.
The velvet wedding bag will be stored in the collection of the museum, and exhibited at exhibitions related to the life of Emperor Nicholas II and his family.
Click HERE to review the 161-page auction catalogue, which features more Romanov treasures.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 3 October 2018