Antique Imperial Russian Glass for Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich Romanov of Russia


Rare antique imperial Russian wine glass made by the Imperial Glass Factory for Grand Duke Nicholas Nikolaevich of Russia (1856-1929), engraved in Russian with 'HH' for Nicholas Nikolaevich surmounted by an imperial Russian crown engraved on the fluted bucket. In perfect condition.

Grand Duke Alexander was a naval officer, an author, explorer, the brother-in-law of Emperor Nicholas II and advisor to him. He married his first cousin's daughter, Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the eldest daughter of Alexander III on the 6 August [O.S. 25 July] 1894 and was thus a brother-in-law of the last Tsar Nicholas II, and was one of Tsar Nicholas's close advisors. His impact on the Tsar has been both criticized and appreciated: His memoirs document that he openly challenged the Tsaritsa Alexandra's political influence on her husband, but regretted that Nicholas did not use troops to resist the Russian revolution and admitted that he had been brought up to share the anti-Semitic views he claimed were prevalent in Russia prior to the revolution. His appeal to the Tsar, as his children approached adulthood, to relax the requirement for equal marriage for Romanov dynasts was rejected, and all seven of his children married titled but non-royal Russian aristocrats, although only his daughter obtained permission of the head of the dynasty to do so.

He left the Crimea with his eldest son, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich and his new bride, Elisabetta Ruffo Di Saint Antimo, who was pregnant, in December 1918. His wife and mother-in-law, the Dowager Empress Maria Fyodorovna and his sons plus other Romanovs, were rescued from the Crimea by the British battleship HMS Marlborough in 1919.

Alexander lived in Paris and wrote his memoirs. Once a Grand Duke (Farrar & Rinehart 1933) is a source of dynastical and court life in Imperial Russia's last half century. He also spent a time as guest of the future Abyssinian Emperor Ras Tafari. He talks about why he was invited to Ethiopia, in his continuation of his biography Always a Grand Duke. He died in 26 February 1933 in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in the south of France. He was buried on 1 March in Roquebrune. His wife Xenia died in Hampton Court Palace in 1960.

Size: 11.5 x 6.5 cm approx
Weight: 121g approx

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