Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner
Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner
Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner
Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner
Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner

Rare Tsar Nicholas II Coronation Menus 1896 - Mayor of Moscow Hosts a Dinner

Product code: 5431
£1,750.00
On 25th May 1896 in the Hall of the Moscow City Duma, the Mayor of Moscow, a prominent Moscovite philanthropist K.V. Rukavishnikov (1848-1915), hosted a dinner and dance to celebrate the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II. He was Mayor of Moscow 1893-1897. It was attended by 232 of the elite in Moscow business and philanthropy with a toast and speech given by V. Ratkov-Rozhnov who represented St. Petersburg.

The menus consist of two parts one for dinner and one for music. The Dinner Menu is exraordinarily beautiful with the date "25 MAY 1896" emblazened in gold in Cyrillic. Both are also copied in French on the reverse, presumably in case one could not understand the script due to the lettering being based on traditional Russian medieval calligraphy but also for those who spoke French better than Russian.

These menus are fine masterpieces of graphic arts, produced in the technique of chromolithography by Russia's leading printing enterprises. Among the artists who made drawings for the menus were many prominent artists of the day. Both are lavishly printed in gold and other striking colours in the Pan Slavic style with St George slaying the Dragon representing the sacred position Moscow has in the Coronation, with the Kremlin in the background surmounted by the Crown of Monomakh.

The Dinner Menu and Dance Programme are discussed with a photograph of the Dinner Menu on page 61 of E.M. Iukhimenko and M.V. Falaleeva 'Russian State Dining', printed in Moscow in 2003 from the collection held in the Russian State Historical Museum.

The artist of the Dinner Menu and the Music Programme was F. Shektel and was printed by I.N. Kushnerev of Moscow.

Size: 32.5 x 21 cm approx
Code 5431