Bibelot is a late nineteenth century word derived from the French word bel ‘beautiful’, meaning a small item of beauty, curiosity or interest. The word ephemera is derived from the sixteenth century Greek word ephmera meaning a printed or hand written paper not meant to be retained for a long period of time.Fine original black and white snap shot photograph of Princess Irina Alexandrovna Yusupov (1895-1970), Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov (1887-1967), and their daughter Princess Irina Felixovna Yusupov nicknamed Bebe (1915-1983), walking arm in arm down a French street circa 1930.
Prince Felix famous for being one of the murderers of Rasputin was the heir of one of the wealthiest families of Russia and of Europe. Princess Irina Alexandrovna of Russia was the daughter of Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich and Grand Duchess Xenia Alexandrovna, the elder daughter of Tsar Alexander III and sister of Tsar Nicolas II.
After the February Revolution, the Yusupovs fled Russia and settled in Paris, leaving behind most of their wealth. At first, the little girl was raised by her paternal grandparents until, at the age of nine, they returned the little princess to her parents. According to her father, Prince Felix Yusupov Feliksovitch, his daughter received a poor education causing an alteration in the character of the girl, who became capricious. Princess Irina Felixovna Yusupova was raised by nannies and, whilst she adored her father, she was very distant with her mother.
From the collection of Prince and Princess Felix Yusupov.Size: 8.5 x 13 cm approx