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Two photographs in one frame. Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich Romanoff and Grand Duchess Ksenia Alexandrovna Romanoff at a costume ball in the Winter Palace in 1903.

Each photograph: 19.5 x 9.4 cm. Photographers F. G. Boasson and F. O. Eggler.
Minor wear.
In an old wooden frame with a silver decoration in the form of a crown with the name "VI" and the hallmark of St. Petersburg "84" in an oval shield. Last quarter of the 19 c. The crown most likely did not originally belong to the frame. Frame: 27.5 x 27 cm.

Alexander Mikhailovich Romanoff (Sandro) (1866-1933) was Grand Duke, statesman and military leader, fourth son of Grand Duke Mikhail Nikolaevich and Grand Duchess Olga Fedorovna, grandson of Emperor Nicholas I.

Ksenia Alexandrovna Romanoff (1875-1960) was Grand Duchess, daughter of Emperor Alexander III, sister of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II.


The famous 1903 ball in the Winter Palace was a luxurious ball during the reign of the Emperor Nicholas II of Russia. It was held in the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg. All the visitors were in bejeweled 17th-century style costumes based on the designs of the artist Sergey Solomko made in collaboration with historical experts.
The entire Imperial family posed in rich 17th-century costumes, many wearing priceless original items brought specially from the Kremlin, for what was to be their final photograph together. "Album of the Costume Ball in the Winter Palace" was published later based on the photographs.