DescriptionRussian Silk Pillow with Watercolor Portrait of a Young Woman
Square, according to back panel, embroidered by Empress Alexandra, wife of Tsar Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917), with a ribbon-tied foliate swag and crossed arrows above a circular watercolor portrait of a young woman signed E B and said to be by Grand Duchess Elizabeth (Ella) (1864-1918), Empress Alexandra's older sister, the back panel reads in Russian:
Her Imperial Majesty Empress
Her Imperial Majesty
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna
10 ½ in square, sold together with an accompanying envelope inscribed in Russian: To my, kind, loving little niece Masha Trubetskaya
On her birthday 3/16 July and name day 22 July/4 Aug.
From ? who loves her with all his heart
Teri Karl Guy (??)
Klamarg 22 July/4 Aug. 1957
During the summer of 1895, Empress Alexandra and her sister Grand Duchess Elizabeth spent time together at Peterhof, the Imperial residence in St. Petersburg, engaged in needlework and other artistic endeavors. The two were close as the Grand Duchess had played a major role in the betrothal of her younger sister to the Tsarevich and would give them presents every year on the anniversary of their wedding. After the tragic death of her husband, Grand Duke Serge Alexandrovich (b. 1857) by an assasin's bomb in 1905, Grand Duchess Elizabeth took the veil and devoted the rest of ther life to religious causes. On July 18th, 1918, the day after the assassination of the imperial family, she too was murdered by the Bolsheviks.
Purchased from A la Vieille Russie
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