Russian Jeweled Gold and Platinum Brooch
Unmarked, circa 1910
In the form of the diamond-set Russian name Kharaks on a gold pin. Length 2 1/8 inches (5.4 cm).
Grand Duke George Mikhailovich (1863-1919) and Grand Duchess Marie Georgievna (1876-1940)
Princess Nina Georgievna Chavchavadze (1901-1974)
Prince David Pavlovich Chavchavadze (1924-2014)
By descent to the present owner
Kharaks, designed by the architect Nikolai Krasnov (1864-1939) and completed in 1907, was the Crimean palace of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich and family. Located close to the palace of Emperor Nicholas II at Livadia and to Ai Todor, the palace of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, Kharaks played frequent host to members of the Russian Imperial Family and St. Petersburg society. Grand Duchess Marie recalled in her memoirs that Nicholas II "came two or three times a week, when living at Livadia, to dine with us." (Grand Duchess George, A Romanov Diary: The Autobiography of H.I. & R.H. Grand Duchess George, G.N. Tantzos and M.A. Eilers, ed., New York, 1988, p. 133).
C Property from the Descendants of Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia
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