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Nicholas Chevalier (1828-1902)

Full length study of the dress worn by the Tsesarevna dated 23 Jan 1874

RCIN 926238

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For the marriage of her sister-in-law, Maria Feodorovna wore a white dress with gold embroidery and a bright blue velvet robe embroidered with imperial symbols. Chevalier only faintly sketched her jewels, but they are recognisable as Maria Feodorovna’s sapphire parure including the so-called ‘Wave Tiara’, which has been attached to the gold fabric kokoshnik (headdress).

Commissioned by Queen Victoria, 1874; purchased by HM The Queen, 1986.