The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of elegance and extravagance for Russia's ruling tsars and the wealthy families with whom they were linked by marriage, and nowhere are these tastes more apparent than in the imperial jewels. Stefano Papi uncovers the fascinating stories behind the jewels and the people who wore them. The revised edition has 48 more pages than the first and includes some 50 additional images of jewels as well as contextual photographs.
Stefano Papi has worked as senior European specialist in the jewelry department of both Sotheby's and Christie's auction houses. His previous books include Famous Jewelry Collectors, Stage Jewels and Jewellery of the House of Savoy.
Contents: Preface; Introduction; Recollections of Romanovs; 1. The Last Tsar and his Close Family; 2. Romanov Relations; 3. Jewelled Stars; 4. St Petersburg and Paris; 5. The Downfall of the Tsar; 6. Dispersal and Survival; Acknowledgments, Sources of Illustrations, Bibliography, Index