Sunday, 28 March 2010

Can't get this at Ikea

Once the property of Grand Duchess Vera of Württemberg (1854 - 1912). A bed and side table, ca. 1870/80. Walnut veneer. Slightly carved head and foot boards, with detachable side panels. Inventory label "H.V.v.W. G.v.R." of Duchess Vera Konstantinovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, large stenciled inscription "E.v.W. 69" of her daughter Princess Elsa of Württemberg and other stamps.

Grand Duchess Vera with her husband, Duke Eugen of Württemberg

Villa Berg, Stuttgart. Now a shadow of the summer residence originally built in the mid-1800s for Crown Prince Charles of Württemberg by architect Christian Friedrich von Liens. On the death of her aunt and adoptive mother, Grand Duchess Olga, Queen of Württemberg, Grand Duchess Vera inherited the Villa Berg.

Her only sister Olga Constantinovna of Russia, HM Queen Olga, was the paternal grandmother of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Oh, this made me smile.
I only went to Ikea once. I became rather nauseous and had to leave. It must be what the third rung of hell is like. said...

Amen, my dear. Smashing. Just brilliant.