It has been some time since I took to our Blog page. Tonight, after getting back online, I realized that the last post I placed was in fact about the Grand Duchess Olga and the items that went up for auction this past June, 2015. It was certainly a successful auction grossing nearly $57,000 in the 41 lots sold.Well isn’t it fitting that we have another collection coming to the block this January 19th at 11am in our Toronto office. These lots come from two different collections this time. The first is a continuation of the estate that came through decent of Guri Nikolaevich, her eldest son. Most notables is a rare Continental miniature gold clock.
The second collection comes through Olga’s other son Tikhon Nikolaevich. These lots include some rare Russian Imperial silver & enamel cups, metals, an icon and gifts given to the Grand Duchess including a number of Royal commemorative wares.
The Grand Duchess Olga was the youngest child of Emperor Alexander III of Russia and the youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II. In 1901 she married Duke Peter Alexandrovich of Oldenburg but in 1916 was given an annulment because their marriage was never consummated. That same year Olga married Nikolai Kulikovsky and had two children, her second son, Guri Nikolaevich was born in April 1919.
In 1920 her family was forced to flee to Denmark to live with her the mother, Empress Marie. At this time she developed her artist skills and over her lifetime painted over 2000 works of art.
in 1948 the Kulikovskys moved to Ontario. Nikolai died ten years later and Olga died in 1960 at the age of 78. Although many Imperial family heirlooms were sold over the years, she was able to pass some things down to her family.
The auction Begins at 11am at 299 Queen St. East in Toronto. It will held with online bidding through www.liveauctioneers.com