Antique 1880s Russia Hermitage Romanov Iron Gates Craftsmen Photos

$1,250.00

Regale and ornate gates from production to installation, thought to be commissioned by Alexander III around the year 1884. These were the gates that the Bolsheviks stormed in 1905 and stood when the Provisional Government removed the Romanov’s iconic double headed eagles and monograms in 1917. If the records are correct, the famed foundry of Franz San Galli produced these...

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Regale and ornate gates from production to installation, thought to be commissioned by Alexander III around the year 1884. These were the gates that the Bolsheviks stormed in 1905 and stood when the Provisional Government removed the Romanov’s iconic double headed eagles and monograms in 1917. If the records are correct, the famed foundry of Franz San Galli produced these masterworks on the patterns of Friedrich Melzer Furniture Studios.

Detail to note. The monogram in at least one photo clearly reads A / II (Alexander II), a mistake or homage. Also, these photos show a Byzantine style cross over the crowns rather than the traditional Christian cross included in the recent restoration.

Four images in total, two remain pasted to black scrap and two have been freed. One photo trimmed to 7.25 x 9.25”, another to 7.75 x 9.75” and smallest pair 8 x 10”. Loss to gloss in several places (occurs on margins and corners, none interrupt subject) with wrinkles and soft creases. Edge tear has been stabilized with archival tape. They have not lived an easy life but are easily worth restoration.