On December 17, a Single-Pillar Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin will open the exhibition Art of Glorious Time. The Kremlin collection of unique works of masters of Ottoman Empire – Glorious Porta as it was named by the Europeans in the 17th century, – in its structure and origin considerably differs from collections of Turkish art of other museums of the world. The collection includes the monuments executed in 16th–17th centuries, a period of constant diplomatic and trading contacts between Russian State and Ottoman Empire. These works were bought by Turkish and Greek merchants or imported to Moscow as diplomatic gifts of Turkish sultans for Russian autocrats. For many centuries and up to date these monuments remain in the museums of the Moscow Kremlin. The exhibition represents the best items. It is the first exhibition devoted to unique Kremlin collection of Turkish art for the whole history of the museum.
A Moscow-based auction house «Gelos» held its regular numismatic sales on March 18. The auctioned collection comprised four hundred lots. Among the most sought-after collectibles at the auction was a selection of European medieval coins, coins of the Ottoman Empire and Russian medals and coins dating before 1676, as well as ones of the Peter I age.
Many important lots were hammered at prices significantly exceeding their pre-sale estimates. A rare and unique silver ruble (1704, estimate $12,000–15,000) made impressive $22,000. The ruble was coined at the Orel mint.