Floral arrangements that last forever from Imperial Russia. A couple of them by Fabergé. Love the rock crystal water. All of these being part of the collections of the Brooklyn Museum and part of a Sotheby’s auction scheduled for December 2, 2020.

Jeweled two-color gold-mounted nephrite and rock crystal study of a dandelion. Formed as a single yellow dandelion seed-head with pink gold seeds terminating in rose-cut diamond and natural thread pappi on a finely textured gold stem with two nephrite leaves in a tapering faceted cylindrical rock crystal vase in a fitted leather and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé, maker. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-faberge-jewelled-two-colour-gold-mounted
Gold-mounted moonstone, nephrite and rock crystal study of mistletoe. Formed as a sprig of mistletoe with a finely textured gold stem emanating five nephrite leaves with two clusters of moonstone berries in an elegantly flared rock crystal vase in a fitted wood, velvet and silk A La Vieille Russie case. ca. 1900. Russian, made in Saint Petersburg. Fabergé. Apparently unmarked. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-rare-faberge-gold-mounted-moonstone-nephrite-and
Jeweled gold-mounted rhodonite, nephrite, agate and rock crystal study of a wild strawberry, formed as a cluster of rhodonite berries on a finely textured gold stem, terminating in a blossom with rock crystal petals and a gem-set stigma, mounted with five nephrite leaves in a tapering banded agate vase inset with natural mineral crystals emulating soil. 20th c Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: marks for Fabergé and “H.W.” on stem. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-gold-mounted-rhodonite-nephrite-agate
Jeweled silver-mounted rock crystal, nephrite and guilloché enamel study of a wild rose. ca. 1912. Russian. In the style of the house of Carl Fabergé. Maker’s marks: Marked on stem with spurious marks for Feodor Afanassiev. The base with London import marks from 1912 to 1913, 925 and imported mark of Erich Kellerman. Image © 2020 Sothebys. Fair use license. via https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2020/faberge-vertu-property-from-the-brooklyn-museum-sold-to-support-museum-collections/a-jewelled-silver-mounted-rock-crystal-nephrite

Watercolors of Imperial Russian rooms, all in palaces and one being the study of the tsarina. Mid 19th century. Aleksandr Hristoforovich Kolb, watercolorist. Living from around 1819 to 1887, he also served as architect of the War Ministry. Participated in academic exhibitions. All of these taken from Bonhams auction catalogs.

“Interior of the Crimson study of Empress Maria, Winter Palace>’ ca. 1869. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/3/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/4/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26257/lot/5/?category=list&length=12&page=1
Winter Palace interior. mid 19th c. Russian. Watercolor on paper. Signed on the lower right. Image © Bonhams 2001-2020. Fair use license. via https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23438/lot/1/

Miniatures of Russian ladies, many of them of the Imperial family. Early 19th c. Painted by French artist Jean-Henri Benner (1776-1836).

Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Tsar Paul I and princess of Orange
Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna, daughter of Tsar Paul I and princess of Orange (1795-1865). 1820. Brass frame under glass. Attributed to Benner. Image © Paris Enchères – Collin du Bocage. Fair use license. via http://encheres.parisencheres.com/lot/93485/9605535

Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, wife of Tsar Alexander I. 1817.
Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, wife of Tsar Alexander I. 1817. Collection of the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://www.gogmsite.net/russian-style-in-the-french/subalbum-tsaritsa-elizabeth/1817-empress-elizaveta.html

Miniature of Ekaterina Alexseevna Uvarova (1783-1849). 1817.
Miniature of Ekaterina Alexseevna Uvarova (1783-1849). 1817. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via

Benner, Maria Fedorovna portrait, 1821
Miniature of Maria Feodorovna, wife of Tsar Paul I. 1821. Gouche and watercolor. Pavlosk Museum collection. In the public domain due to age. via http://mariafedorovna.blogspot.com/2015/05/

Miniature of Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna, daughter of Tsar Paul I. Later Queen of Württemberg (1788-1819). ca. 1821.
Miniature of Grand Duchess Ekaterina Pavlovna, daughter of Tsar Paul I. Later Queen of Württemberg (1788-1819). ca. 1821. Watercolour and bodycolour on paper, laid on metal with a gilt-metal mount. inscribed “22 Katharina Pavlowna” in Cyrillic on the back. Image © Sotheby’s and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/henri-benner-portrait-of-grand-duchess-ekaterina-palvovna-of-russia-queen-42152123

Miniature of Princess Zinaide Wolkonsky
Miniature of Princess Zinaide Wolkonsky, née Beloselsky-Belozersky (1792-1862). Signed and dated “Benner./1816” at the center right. Inscribed “Princesse/Wolkonsky./Donne a Roga/Psse Belosselsky-/Bielosersky” on the back. 1816. Coloured pencil and watercolour, heightened with white, on card stretched over metal. Image © M. S. Rau Antiques and lotsearch.net. Fair use license. via https://www.lotsearch.net/lot/henri-benner-1776-1829-24888582

Imperial Russia. Watercolors of something that seems only dreamt up but once was real. These by Russian watercolorist Vasily Sadovnikov (1800-1879), who was a leading Russian master of perspective painting.

Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845.
Room in the house of the princes Golitsyn. 1845. Private collection. In the public domain due to age. via https://arthive.com/artists/1921~Vasily_Semenovich_Sadovnikov/works/13728~The_interior_room_in_the_house_of_the_princes_Golitsynyh

Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Nicholas-Hall
“Nicholas Hall” from the album “Interiors of the Winter Palace.” 1857. Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain due to age. via https://www.arthermitage.org/Vasily-Semyonovich-Sadovnikov/Interiors-of-the-Winter-Palace-The-Nicholas-Hall.html

The Field Marshal's Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852.
The Field Marshal’s Hall of the Winter Palace. 1852. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Field_Marshal%27s_Hall,_Sadovnikov.jpg

"Arch of the General Staff building." 1830s.
“Arch of the General Staff building.” 1830s. Image courtesy staratel.com. In the public domain due to age. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sadovnikiov_Arch_of_General_Stuff_Building_1830s.jpg

Rooms to get to try to live up to. Watercolors of various rooms in the Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia. 1850-late 1870s. Painted by Russian artist Eduard Gau at the decree of the tsar.

The Peter HallI, from the series Interiors of the Winter Palace.1850's. Russian. Watercolor. Edward Petrovich Gau, artist(1807-1887). via englishrussia.com.
“Peter the Great Memorial Hall/ the Small Throne Room,” from the album “Interiors of the Winter Palace.” 1863. Russian. Watercolor. Eduard Hau, artist (1807-1888). Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain due to age. via http://godsandfoolishgrandeur.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-small-throne-room-in-winter-palace.html

Bedroom in the second reserved apartment, from the series Interiors of the Winter Palace.1850's. Russian. Watercolor. Edward Petrovich Gau, artist(1807-1887). via englishrussia.com.
Bedroom in the second reserved apartment of the Winter Palace, bedroom of the future tsar Alexander III from approximately 1852 till 1866 when he married and moved.1874. Russian. Watercolor. Edward Petrovich Gau, artist(1807-1887). In the public domain due to age. via http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2016/07/

"The Picket Room" from the series "Interiors of the Winter Palace." 1865.
“The Picket Room” from the series “Interiors of the Winter Palace.” 1865. Russian. Watercolor. Eduard Hau, artist (1807-1888). Collection of the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg. In the public domain in the United States because the artist has been dead over 70 years. via https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hau._Interiors_of_the_Winter_Palace._The_Picket_Room.jpg

What you get if your sister is the tsarina. Watercolors of various rooms in the city residence of Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Elizabeth Feodorovna. From the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902 and 1905. Russian. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). One by V. P. Trofimov. Collections of the State Historical Museum, Moscow.

Salon of Grand Duchess Ella. 1902.
“Salon of Grand Duchess Ella.” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602227?exhibition=589645364&index=73

"Dressing room of Grand Duke Sergei," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1902.
“Dressing room of Grand Duke Sergei,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602229?exhibition=589645364&index=98

"View from the white lounge towards the ballroom," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1905.
“View from the white lounge towards the ballroom,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1905. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. via https://artchive.ru/news/2287~Na_dache_Jusupovykh_i_v_spal%27ne_imperatritsy_inter%27er_v_russkoj_grafike_predstavili_v_muzee

"Study of Grand Duke Sergei" from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." 1905.
“Study of Grand Duke Sergei” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1905. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://winterpalaceresearch.blogspot.com/2018/10/album-of-interiors-of-grand-duke-sergei.html

"White drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Nicholas II," from the album "Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow." Early 19th c.
“White drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Nicholas II,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” Early 19th c. V. P. Trofimov, artist (1878-1956). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602234?exhibition=589645364&index=66

How to live if you are (almost) the tsar. Watercolors of various rooms in the city residence of Grand Duke Sergei and his wife Elizabeth Feodorovna. From the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Russian. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Collections of the State Historical Museum, Moscow.

Ceremonial office of Grand Duke Sergei. 1902.
“Ceremonial office of Grand Duke Sergei,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602235?exhibition=589645364&index=76

Red drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Alexander I,
“Red drawing room with a portrait of Emperor Alexander I,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” Early 1900’s. Watercolor. G. I. Golov, artist (1885-1918). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602232?exhibition=589645364&index=65

Boudoir of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.
“Boudoir of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna,” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1902. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist (1881-1915). Image © State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via http://catalog.shm.ru/entity/OBJECT/5602224?exhibition=589645364&index=97

"House church.
“House church.” from the album “Views of the Church, Residential and Residence of Grand Duke Sergei and Grand Duchess Ella, Moscow.” 1905. Watercolor. Ignatius Nivinsky, artist. Collection of the State Historical Museum, Moscow. Fair use license. via https://hitrovka.livejournal.com/133918.html