Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Grand Duchesses Doll and Wardrobe
Maria, Olga and Alexandra, the daughters of Nicholas I, had a playroom on the 2nd floor facing in the large inner courtyard of the Winter Palace before the 1837 fire. One of their toys was a box containing an incredible array of eighty-seven pieces of historical clothes for a child to dress their doll.
Old toys were carefully preserved in the palace storerooms and taken out for future generations to play with. The children of Alexander II were thrilled to learn their beloved shabby horse was once ridden by their grandfather.
Photograph (below) of the box and wardrobe
There are undergarments, chemises, bloomers, corsets, petticoats and stockings. Completing the outfits are dresses, hats, shoes, and gloves. The ensemble includes handkerchiefs, purses, a fan and an umbrella. There is also a picnic blanket and hamper.
Painting (below) of Nicholas I and his daughter Maria walking along the Neva Embankment