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Imperial Framed Miniature of Grand Duchess Olga Nicolaievna

Imperial Framed Miniature of Grand Duchess Olga Nicolaievna


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Johannes Zehngraf

(Russian, 1857-1908)


Mikhail Evlampievich Perkhin

(Russian, 1860-1903)


House of Fabergé,

(Russian, 1842-1918)

Jade, gold, rubies, gouache, ivory, glass

Overall: 15.3 x 5 x 5 cm (6 x 1 15/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

The India Early Minshall Collection 1966.458.2


On view at:

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Nov 20, 2021 - May 8, 2022

Did you know?

This painted miniature is one of two miniatures that were personal gifts from the tsar and tsarina to one another in 1896, a year after the birth of their firstborn child, Grand Duchess Olga Nicolaievna. The tsar gave the miniature of himself to the tsarina, and she gave the one of the child to the tsar.


The giving of miniatures had long been a common practice among wealthy and aristocratic families by the time Faberge began combining portraits with his richly decorated frames. The Russian imperial family delighted in having these personal mementos and commissioned many different miniatures to place around their private apartments, providing a warm family atmosphere in an otherwise highly formal existence.

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