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19th Century Russian Gold Locket Icon of the Guardian Angel Hand-painted on Mother-of-Pearl
An exquisite yellow gold locket icon of the Guardian Angel, painted on Mother-of-Pearl in beautiful condition. Locket measures 2" to top of finial and is 1 ¼" wide. Hallmarks on ring and on ring finial. So small they are difficult to identify. The icon is inscribed to Dr. Vogel, head of the Kiev hospital where Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna nursed. According to family lore, Vogel gave it to Olga when she fled Russia. Please see photo of Olga's wedding reception at the hospital; Dr. Vogel is the man seated next to the bridegroom, Col. Nickolai Kulikovsky. Notice the bust of Tsar Alexander III is placed between Olga and her mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, so that Olga's beloved father could attend his daughter's wedding reception. In a December 2007 Bruun Rasmussen auction, an enamel kvosch, inscribed to GD Olga from Doctor Vogel as a wedding gift, was sold. It and our gold icon are from the Byington Collection, a collection of Romanov and other articles and artifacts that belonged to Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna. The Byington Collection is acknowledged in: Tsar: The Lost World of Nicholas & Alexandra by Peter Kurth (p. 223); and Olga Romanov: Russia's Last Grand Duchess by Patricia Phenix (p. 296).
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