Auctions | September 28, 2017

Lintern Archive and Storojev Legacy Library at Freeman’s on Oct. 17

LOT 27 copy 2.jpgPhiladelphia, PA - Noting the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the sale opens with an exceptional group of Pre-revolutionary Russian masterworks, including an Imperial presentation ring by Michael Perkhin for Faberge (Lot 21 Est. $80,000-120,000), an exceptional cloisonne enamel box by Feodor Ruckert (Lot 8 Est. $30,000-50,000), and a rare silver presentation cup in the form of a cockerel by Alexander Sokolov (Lot 9 Est. 30,000-50,000).

Wrapping up the Russian section are two important historical collections documenting the last days of the Russian Imperial Family at Ekaterinburg. Never before seen in the United States, The Lintern Archive (Lot 26, 30,000-50,000) comprises a rare Romanov family photographic album which likely belonged to Pierre Gilliard, tutor to the Imperial children. The album contains 66 photographs, many never before seen, and is sold with an historical letter documenting early efforts to recover the remains of the Romanovs in the forests of Ekaterinburg. The collection was discovered on the UK Antiques Roadshow earlier this year. The second collection, The Storojev Legacy, (Lot 27 Est. 30,000-50,000) comprises the theological library of Father Ivan Storojev, who was the officiant at the last religious services attended by the Imperial family. Included in the collection are the pectoral and blessing crosses used at the final service, and his heavily annotated missal which records his involvement. The Romanov family are now saints in the Orthodox Church.

This curated sale of 120 lots has something for everyone, from seasoned collectors to newcomers interested in taking advantage of the exceptional diversity and reasonable estimates


Thursday, October 12 10am-5pm 

Friday, October 13 10am-5pm 

Saturday, October 14 12pm-5pm 

Sunday, October 15 12pm-5pm 

Monday, October 16 10am-5pm

The Last Days of the Romanovs

Sunday, October 15 10:30am at Freeman’s

Join Freeman’s Senior Vice President and Division Head of British & European Furniture & Decorative Arts, Nicholas B.A. Nicholson, for a special lecture on the last days of the Romanov family followed by a private gallery tour with coffee and pastries. To participate contact: