PHOTO: This bisque porcelain bust of Count Vladimir Borisovich Frederiks (1838-1927), was made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg in 1906. It sold for GBP 10,000, at a Christie’s (London) auction on 30 November 2015.
Frederiks served as Imperial Household Minister between 1897 and 1917 under Nicholas II. He was responsible for the administration of the Imperial family’s personal affairs and living arrangements, as well as the awarding of Imperial honors and medals. He was praised in his role as ‘the very personification of court life’.
He is often seen in photographs, easily recognizable by his large drooping white moustache, and always shadowing the tsar.
Count Frederiks was widely respected by Nicholas II. His long tenure, gracious manners, helped establish a close relationship with the Tsar and the Tsaritsa, calling them ‘mes enfants’ in private. He was one of the very few men at Court whom the tsar could trust.
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A new exhibition on the Russian royal family, “The Romanovs: Royal Service,” opened in Prague’s Russian Centre for Science and Culture on January 14, 2019.
Two exhibitions at the University of Georgia are in part stories of journeys.
“The Reluctant Autocrat: Tsar Nicholas II” will be up through March 17; the smaller “One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection” exhibition went up earlier and will come down sooner, on Feb. 10.
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PHOTO: Winter view of Livadia Palace
Having been to Livadia, which enjoys a Mediterranean-style climate for much of the year, and surrounded by palm trees, this beautiful photo puts the palace into a whole new perspective for me.
The residence of Nicholas II and his family in the Crimea, with a dusting of snow gives it a surreal magical quality.
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