Предметы, приехавшие из Музея игрушки в Сергиевом Посаде, выделены мной жирным шрифтом. Не все экспонаты выставки - оригинальные предметы, действительно принадлежавшие царским детям, по тексту это можно понять. Часть из них - аналоги или копии, часть - предметы того же периода, приобретенные или принятые в дар музеем как просто интересные экспонаты, часть - выходит за рамки нужного периода, но создает нужный объем для более широкого освещения всех сторон детской жизни во дворце.
On the June, 15th we were in Tsarskoye Selo (Alexandrovsky Palace) with lot of plans - to go here and there, but as a result saw just the part. Didn't see the Meissen porcelain, the Hermitage Pavilion (last year was where alone, and now wanted to show it to my companions), the coaches... But were in Catherine Palace without waiting in endless line of tourists, as I haven't even dreamed of.
Summer temporary exhibition "In the Playing Rooms" consists of dolls, toys, games, dresses and other things, belonged to little Grand Duke Alexis and Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, or similar to them. To say the truth where was only one original doll from Grand Duchesses' Playroom - the Toy Museum from Sergiev Posad (where real Tsar's toys are stored) gave only one doll and some toys. For better understanding the original toys' names are typed in bold. 30% of exhibits were counterparts, closely similar to real toys, or another antique toys, given to Museum.
To reach the show-rooms you must go through photo-gallery of portraits. In front of the way - the big photographs of children, projected on the canvas, the images are transparent and fragile, change slowly, flowing into each other, it seemes that they're blown away with the wind.
Alexis' full dresses (uniforms). Uniforms and clothing have been preserved well due to the evacuation of the museum in 1941 (WWII) - they didn't have wrapping material enough and so used clothing instead.
Mathematical game "Pythagorean theorem".
Miniature toy cannons. The working models, they can fire!
Table game "Historical Bingo with portraits of Russian Sovereigns", 1897, the original game belonging to the Tsar's children, brought from the Toy Museum.
Table spillikins, ivory. The idea of the game - throw a bunch of figures and to pull one figure out of it using a hook and in the same time not to perturb the others. Somehow the phrase "to play in trifles" has a derogatory sense, but in fact the game requires patience and accuracy.
Grand Duchesses' ceremonial dresses with headdresses of pink brocade. Alexis' christening gown.
On the right - embroidered pink blanket, the gift from the French government to the Grand Duchess Anastasia's christening.
General view of the show-room. The rooms are decorated with translucent weightless panels with photos. The same haze of disappearing child faces.
On the left - given by me in the last year Kestner 167 (see details here).
On a chair - Bähr & Pröschild 289 dep, 1892 - 1900.
Another doll given by me - Armand Marseille 390n (more about her can be found here). She, like at last year Exhibition, is staying with pram (modern replica of an old carriage), where character "crying" doll lies (by Limbach AG, mold 8682, circa 1911-14). No photo.
Nearby is the real chair in the Neo-Gothic style of the children furniture set from 1830s (the reign of Emperor Nicholas I), brought from the Museum of Toys.
Finally, the only true "Tsar's" doll, which arrived from the Toy Museum in Sergiev Posad. The only doll, which was touched by the hands of Grand Duchesses - "doll wearing a straw hat". Germany, Kämmer & Reinhardt, height: 80 cm. (32 in), marks: K * R 76. It's funny that exhibit's label says that it is French, in the Show booklet the same confusion - a photo caption reads: "France", but the main text says the thuth. The comic story:)
Limoges miniature doll tea set. It's contemporary, presented by me last year.
Right: white with blue child's porcelain dinner set by Villeroy & Boch, the beginning of the XX century. It's noteworthy that the company is French in France and German in Germany, and this is because it was formed by French owners, but the factory itself was located in the German city Mettlach.
Another original toy: "Playing Indians", England, the beginning of the XXth century, arrived from Sergiev Posad. It includes many things: two drum sticks, two headdresses, two bows and two canoes (pirogues) with oars, but because of the awkwardness not everything was brought. Wigwam and others can be seen in the photo of Alexis' playroom made in 1920s (below right). It is assumed that the game was bought by the Emperor Nicholas II during his visit to England in August 1909.
Right: well-loved St. Bernard dog by "Steiff", 1920s. Found himself in such a respectable society because it is an exact model of St. Bernard, which was in playroom (see photo below left), just a little bit smaller. This model was being made by Steiff for a quite long time, so this dog is the analogue of the real St. Bernard. Everyone knows that wool toys are not easy to survive for hundred years, this dog lives ninety... Was brought by me.
What's the pig (hog?), and why he is here, don't know, unfortunately.
*Little Grand Duke's playroom, watercolor by N. Neprintsev, artist-designer of the Peterhof and Tsarskoye Selo Museums, 1931. On the right - its photo from 1920's.
"In the 1990's. the artist talked about that coming everyday in cold and empty chambers of killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918 the Tsar's children Alexis, Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia, he could feel their invisible presence. In their rooms everything kept just as in the day of departure in their last trip (..) - set of ancient icons, toys, neatly covered cots, touching and naive children's drawings, school books on the shelves. "*
Two dolls, donated by Svetlana Pchelnikova last year , on a pedestal in a hat - Wiesenthal, Schindel & Kallenberg, Germany, early 1900s. Head by Simon & Halbig, the company made heads for WSK, where the doll is fully assembled. Very rare doll. On the chair - Simon & Halbig 1079 DEP, the exact analogue of dolls, with no doubt existed in the playing rooms (and certainly not in a single copy).
On the right: Cymbaler and Puppet theater Guignol.
Original toy - children's table paper theater "Life for the Tsar", ed. G. Areondov, 1904. Brought from Toy Myseum in Sergiev Posad. Picture is blurred, but don't have another one.
Glove-puppet Theater Guignol, France, from Museum of Sergei Obraztsov's Puppet Theater. The theater was kept there for more than 60 years, but his "tsar's" origin was revealed only recently. According to unconfirmed information was presented to the Alexander Palace.
In the center - German Cymbaler, he was found by Ilmira Stepanova in France and then brought to the Museum by me. The fact is that once I wanted the funny Cymbaler doll and asked Ilmira to look for such a dolls, because for a long time I still can't find anything cute. I wanted it for myself... But there turned out that it is not just a common doll, but exactly the same toy, which is in the small photo of Olga from 1897, even his dress is the same, just in more contrasting colors. 100% hit in the subject, and so the doll is here.
On the right: The papier-mache horse next to the original guard booth from the Toy Museum. Booth was made by court carpenters and also stood in the Alexis' playroom. It is also clearly seen in the watercolor by M. Neprintsev.
Fancy harness, belonged to donkey Vanya (Van'ka), the Alexis' favourite. Once donkey worked in a Chinizeli circus, and then "retired" safe and calm animal was given to Tsarevich by his Grandmother Empress Maria Feodorovna. Harness - the gift from Italian King Vittorio Emanuele.
Children's sled with a doll inside. What's the doll - I don't know. Everything - from the collection of the Alexander Palace.
Simon & Halbig 1078 doll, donated by Lena brodie_jean in the last year.
Walking doll by Roullet & Decamps with head by Simon & Halbig 1078, donated by Svetlana Pchelnikova.
Children's desk inkstand.
Doll with trousseau «Poupee Olga», by Lanternier, 1896 - 1900, France. Brand «Bebe Olga» was released to commemorate the visit of the Russian Imperial family with the little Grand Duchess Olga in France in 1896. It is not known whether such a doll presented to Olga, the set was on sale in retail stores. Brought by me.
I can't attribute this doll, possibly German. Bisque hands, strange elongated body. From the Collection of the Alexander Palace.
Right - the stroller, the origin is unknown to me.
Bear on wheels, transferred from the permanent exhibition. But we thought that the bear was born after 1930, probably even after the World War II. Lost his ears, instead of them um ... Cheburashka's ears was sewn on:)
Horse from the end of the XIX century, Germany. Covered with real skin (calf?), tail is of real horse hair. Horse is absolutely enchanting, I loooove her so much (oh my, maybe him??) and miss her badly. Brought by me.
Doll pram from 1920s. Does not match period of the exhibition correctly, but looks good. What a doll - I don't know, who and why have dressed her in this way - too.
At this point the temporary exhibition's photos are over, but I've decided to supplement the entry with several photos of toys from permanent exhibition in order to all the toys were together in one entry.
On the left - obviously Armand Marseille. How nice they are! In the center of the left - a gift from me, SFBJ doll.
On a chair - Heirich Handwerck / Simon & Halbig with a broken face, so she turns away from the people. The doll needs a doctor, barber and tailor.
At the bottom - my dear mops Lielou by Steiff, modern, brought by me. But the reasons for its appearance here are respectful - the same mops is lying near the 2-years Olga's feet in the photo from 1897. Obviously, the company decided to continue production of this model, so successful and beloved by all children, just increased its size. In the picture with the Grand Duchess it looks a little bit smaller than modern version.
On the left - a very beautiful doll Kestner 136 with Excelsior body.
Familiar to some of you "Tsarina" doll ("The Russian Queen") - the replica of the original doll displayed in the Toy Museum. Read more here and here.
Right in the background can be seen red teddy bear Alfonzo by Steiff, donated in the last year, a copy of the original bear from 1908, belonged to Grand Duchess Xenia Georgievna.
Я не поняла, что это за кукла, но личико милое. Хальбиг? K&R? В витрине еще пасхальные яйца из папье-маше, внутрь которых прятался сюрприз - куколка или иная игрушка.
It seems to me that this is Nikolay Bartram's doll (Souvenir dolls in well-made provincial costumes, pre-1917. Later they became cheeper owerall.), because of high quality of costume. Of course, without this terrible fur.
The original bear, presumably Steiff. It is strange that he did not fit the main show.
I do not understand what the doll it is, she has pretty face. Halbig? K&R? The showcase also holds Easter eggs made of papier-mache, which have a surprise inside - a doll or other little toy.
Долго собиралась с мыслями, чтобы в целом подвести итог увиденного и описать личные впечатления. Мне сложно это делать, потому, что вижу больше косяков, чем обычные посетители.
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