The photo is pasted on a passe-partout with the congreve seal of the workshop of Karl Bergamasco, St. Petersburg. Beginning of the 1870s.
Photo: 13.9 x 9.7 cm. Passe-partout: 15.2 x 10.4 cm.
Minor staining and fading.
Brass, etching, intarsia, gilding, blackening, glass. The stand is branded "mTv". Frame: 19.1 x 15.1 cm, late 19th - early 20th c. Some holders on the back are lost; attritions.
The photo was taken on the occasion of Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanoff entering into the post of commander of the guards cavalry corps. The cavalry helmet on the chair and a gift cup on the table are the evidences of the aforementioned event.
Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanoff (Senior) (1831-1891) was a Grand Duke, military and statesman, third son of Emperor Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.
Bergamasco Karl Ivanovich (Charles) (1830-1896) - owner of a photo workshop in St. Petersburg. In 1863 he received permission to be called "the photographer of the Imperial Theatres" on the condition that "he undertook to compile for the Directorate free of charge an archive and reference album of portraits of artists in all their costumes from new ballets and operas produced on the local stage". Prominent artists such as M.A. Zichi, S.K. Zaryanko and I. Charlemagne worked in his studio. In 1865, he became a photographer for Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich Romanov (senior).
He received many prizes at exhibitions in Berlin (1865, 1895), Paris (1867), Hamburg (1868), St. Petersburg (1870), Vienna (1873), London (1874), Philadelphia (1876) and others. In the 1890s, he finished his activities.