Wine cooler - ROM2007_9304_1


Wine cooler

Maker: I.P Khlebnikov and Sons, cut glass supplied by Mal'tsov Glassworks at Gus-Khrustal'nyi (est. 1756)
Medium:Cut lead glass with relief decoration, mounted in silver and set with red glass cabochons
Geography: Moscow, USSR
Date: c. 1908 - 1917
26.3 x 33 cm
Object number: 2007.22.1
Credit Line: This acquisition was made possible by the generous support of the Louise Hawley Stone Charitable Trust Fund. Purchased with the assistance of a Movable Cultural Property grant accorded by the Department of Canadian Heritage under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Acheté avec l'aide d'une subvention des biens culturels mobiliers accordée par le Ministère du Patrimoine canadien en vertu de la Loi sur l'exportation et l'importation de biens culturels.
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DescriptionThis wine cooler was presented to Grand Duchess Olga (1882-1960), sister of Tsar Nicholas II. In Russia, during the Romanov Dynasty (1613 - 1917), Princes and Princesses received the title of Grand Duke or Grand Duchess. Among her many honours, Olga served as Colonel-in-Chief to the 12th Akhtyrsky Hussars, a cavalry regiment. In 1911, at her own expense, she founded the Eveniinski Hospital, Proskurov, Ukraine, for the soldiers of the regiment. Like many of the women of the Russian Imperial family, Olga devoted time to charitable causes, often working as an ordinary nurse in the hospital. The names of members of the hospital staff who presented the wine cooler on the 11 July 1915 are engraved around the rim. It is an exceptional example of the late Slavic revival style which was based on Russian folk, Medieval, and 17th century motifs and the Empire Revival style. With 350 workers, the Khlebnikov workshops in Moscow rivaled Faberge in supplying the luxury market. Historically, Olga is one of the most celebrated survivors of the Russian Revolution. She lived in southern Ontario from 1947 until her death in 1960. This ice bucket documents both Russian and Canadian history.
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