Anastasia, Maria, Olga, and Tatiana with officers on the Standart, 1913.
The Tsarskoye Selo museum has Grand Duchess Olga Nikolevna’s kokoshnik! This just popped up on my facebook newsfeed and I had to share. From what I can gather on google translate (The article is in Russian) it was made for the Tercentenary in 1913.
Collection of the State Museum “Tsarskoye Selo” gained another valuable object - kokoshnik owned by Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. The museum acquired it at his own expense in a private collection in New York. The object was worth more than 15 thousand dollars.
The kokoshnik was commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty in 1913.
Is made in the traditional style in the form of a crown, covered with peach velvet. On the external side is embroidered with silk and silver threads, decorated with rubies, emeralds, moonstone and pearl. At the central crown cloves - embroidery with double-headed eagle, the other with floral ornament. On the inside, the kokoshnik is covered with peach colored silk fabric, and long peach satin ribbons dress the sides.
The kokoshnik survives today in its original package. On the outside of the box has a metal plaque with the inscription in Cyrillic: “Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Nikolaev Starotorzhsky convent, Galich, Kostroma Province. 1913.”
Similar kokoshniki were made to the four daughters of Nicholas II. Two of them (Olga and Marie) were sold abroad - presumably in the 1930’s. The other two, belonging to the Grand Duchesses Tatiana and Anastasia, survived and are now part of the museum collection in Pavlovsk. The location of Marie’s kokoshnik is unknown.
A perfume collection of 6 bottles used by Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna & Nicholas II donated to Tsarskoye Selo Museum.
Zinaida Volodina-Pessoa, head of the Canada-based Slavic Culture Association, has donated a collection of perfumes owned by the family of the last Russian Emperor, Tsar Nicholas II, to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum outside St. Petersburg.
The collection consists of six bottles containing scents, including those used by Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna and Nicholas II himself.
Though the fragrances have subtly altered over time, the top notes are still discernible.
It is said that the floral scents by the French firm Coty were used by the young grand princesses, with Anastasia favouring ‘La Violette Pourpre’ (‘Purple Violet’) and Olga ‘La Rose Jacqueminot’ (‘Tea Rose’), which is the one in the smallest glass bottle in the picture.
All the scents were made by Coty at the beginning of the 20th century.
Anastasia, Maria, and Tatiana | Spring 1917.
Maria was recovering from severe attack of measles and pneumonia; she was the last to recover and almost died.
Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia with Pierre Gilliard on the lake at the Alexander Palace: 1915.
Empress Alexandra and her daughters outside the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo: 1916.