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Ten bookplates for Russian Imperial Family by Arminius von Voelkersahm (1890-1900's)The.Heraldry.Ru
In 1890-1900’s baron Arminius [Armin; rossice: Arminiy] von Voelkersahm [Voelkersamb] (1864-1918) had created around fifty bookplates for the members of Russian Imperial family.
Two of them - for Emperor Nicholas (for HIM Library in Winter Palace; see above) and Heir Alexey (below) are most known, but the others are equally interesting.
Among the latter ones are the bookplate for Empress Alexandra (below dexter; note there the lion of Hesse sinister) and five similar - unheraldic with cyphers - for Her Majesty (below sinister) and the daughters: Olga, Tatyana, Maria and Anastasia.
See also two more earlier items made for His Majesty Nicolas II (below dexter) and his brother (and sometime the Prince Imperial) George (below sinister).
For some curious reason baron Arminius von Voelkersahm is still mentioned in the Russian art-literature as an «amateur artist», probably, because he was an art-historian and an art-collectioner first of all; he was also the keeper of the Treasures Department of the Imperial Hermitage.
His family belongs to the Baltic nobility. See the coat-of-arms of the barons von Voelkersahm as shewn by K.A. Klingspor in his Baltisches Wappenbuch (above dexter) and baron Arminius’ personal bookplate made for him by Emil Doepler.
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