Exhibit of the Gatchina Palace found out at the American auction

The catalogue of picture gallery of the Imperial Hermitage. St. Petersburg, 1889

The USA returned Russia the lost more than a half century ago catalogue of art gallery of the Imperial Hermitage which belonged to Alexander III. The ceremony of donation of the relic took place in the embassy of the USA in Moscow. The catalogue, a unique monument of Russian Art Studies was published in St.-Petersburg in 1889 especially for imperial collection. For many years it was stored in the museum of the Gatchina Palace whence was gone in the days of the Great Patriotic War.

The book was among the lots of one of Internet auctions of the USA where it was found out by the employees of Rossvyazokhrankultura. The lot was estimated at $2000, however it could reach $10 000. Soon, after appealing to the embassy of the USA, the catalogue was put off the sales. According to the head of department of Rossvyazokhrankultura Victor Petrakov it is not the first example of cooperation of the Russian and American law enforcement bodies in a sphere of returning of cultural values. The returning of an object of art is good will gesture of its owner. According to the legislation of the USA the owner of objects is considered the diligent purchaser in the event that these objects left a place of their previous storage long ago.

Till now there is no information how the edition appeared in the USA.

Published in: on January 15, 2009 at 8:53 am  Leave a Comment  

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