Valuable of the Great Princess Olga Nikolaevna will be sold by auction

Patek Philippe watch . Gold, enamel. Estimate €15 000. 56th auction. Hermann Historica. Munich, October 10

Munich – October, 10 the Hermann HistoriУa auction house will put up for the sales the unique collection of the objects which more than one hundred years ago were a part of the property of the Great Princess Olga Nikolaevna Romanova, daughter of Nicolas I. Besides this collection, the auction catalogue of 452 lots includes personal things and works of art belonging to Peter III, Catherine the Great and also prominent representatives of court circles such as Prince Jusupov.

The Great Princess Olga, the daughter of Emperor Nicolas I was born in 1822 in Petersburg. The kings of Prussia Fridrih Wilhelm II and Fridrih Wilhelm III were her grandfather and the great-grandfather maternally. In 1846 she married the crown Prince of Wurttemberg. In 1864 he became the King Karl I. They moved to Stuttgart, capital of Wurttemberg kingdom where she became famous for her charity. After the Olga Nikolaevna’s death in 1892 her property was inherited by her adopted daughter, Vera Konstantinovna. Throughout the next century the family values were in Germany; in October they will be put up for the Hermann Historica auction sales. The major part of lots including table silver, porcelain and items of interior were made in 1840s and originally were in the Petersburg residence of the Great Princess but then they were brought to Stuttgart where they were being stored Villa Berg palace.

One of the top lots is to be the golden pocket Patek Philippe watch decorated with enamel (estimated: €15 000). The inner side of the cover of this unique Swiss mechanism is decorated with the image of the Virgin.

The golden casket decorated with enamel created by the English jewelers in 1795−1796 is estimated at €10 000. A pair of the magnificent gilt candelabrums possibly presented to Olga Nikolaevna by the French Emperor Napoleon III is of the same estimate.

The collectors will also have an opportunity to buy the items of magnificent Russian porcelain and table silver. Among them are some unique services by the Imperial Porcelain Factory which were selected by Nicolas I personally and became the part of a dowry of the Great Princess, no less than table silver by Nichols & Plinke.

The auction catalogue includes some interesting items of furniture made by the Heinrich Gambs workshop in Petersburg.

Among jeweler’s highlights is a magnificent belt clasp by Faberge. The lot is estimated at €8000.

Olga Nikolaevna’s collection will include a series of the exclusive lots which has no connection with the name of the Great Princess but they are a part of the history of the Russian Empire. Among them is the Star of the Order of St. Alexander Nevsky (over 1880) estimated at €8000, the hand-written letter of Empress Catherine the Great (estimate: €6500) and the gilded silver cup of Peter III (estimate: €20 000). Some things from Felix Jusupov’s family are of the high historical value. Among them is the saber of the Prince’s father estimated at €18 000.

Preauction exhibition of the collection will take place in Hermann Historica on September, 25 – October, 5.

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