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X 6794, Dec. 4, 1933

 Item — Box: SC-07 Box 1, Folder: 8, Item: SC07.02.3.030
Identifier: SC07.02.3.030
X 6794
X 6794

Scope and Contents

Transcription: [double-headed eagle] RUSSIAN IMPERIAL EXHIBIT December 4th, 1933. Article No. X 6794 Runner. Of gold brocade with vari-colored silk floral design trimmed with old lace galoon. Circa 1800.

From a collection of brocades which were formerly used in the Imperial Chapels of the Romanoffs as altar covers and priests’ robes. They were brought from the various Palaces about St. Petersburg to the Winter Palace. Here soldiers of the present government sorted them for burning so that the precious gold and silver used in weaving many of them could be reclaimed. Fortunately, Dr. Armand Hammer heard of the plan and succeeded in saving a large number of the vestments by purchasing them. These glorious fabrics, brilliant with metals that will never tarnish, combine the skill and artistry of the West with the originality and color of the Far East.

From the Hammer Collection – Three East Fifty-second Street, New York, N. Y.


  • Creation: Dec. 4, 1933


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Lillian Thomas Pratt.

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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
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Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States