The Romanovs ruled Russia from 1613 to 1917, when the Revolution brought their reign to an abrupt end.
The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of great elegance and extravagance for the imperial family and the great families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these lavish tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels.
Every jewel tells a story. Through his work at Sotheby’s and Christie’s and his own extensive research, Stefano Papi has spent years unravelling the mysteries of the Russian imperial jewels.
He has identified pieces with little or unknown provenance, and uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people. He takes us through the golden years, and after the Revolution follows the survivors of the Romanov line – and their jewellery – in European courts and in Paris, where many exiles sought refuge.
About The Author
Stefano Papi has worked as senior European specialist in the jewellery department of both Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. His previous books include Famous Jewelry Collectors, Stage Jewels and Jewellery of the House of Savoy.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 18th October 2010
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 33.1 x 3.2
Weight (kg): 2.313