Contents: Introduction; Precious Metal; Enamel; Jewellery; Faberge; Hardstone; Awards and Decorations; Porcelain; Glass; Metalwork; Bone; Lacquer; Woodwork; Conclusion; Glossary; The Romanov Dynasty - Reign Dates; Bibliography; Index.
Nominated for the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Information Services Group Reference Award 2015. The award is for outstanding works of reference in print or electronic format that are available and relevant to the library and information sector in the UK, and published in 2014.
Having grown up in a family of Russian art collectors and lived on and off in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Cynthia Coleman Sparke was hardwired to work in the field. After a stint running the Russian department at Christie's NY, she worked with the Faberge and Imperial porcelain holdings of the Hillwood Museum in Washington D.C. (the largest collection of Russian decorative arts outside of Russia). Then followed a project in St. Petersburg at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoe Selo helping with the restoration of Tsar Nicholas II's last residence - the subject of her Master's thesis from the Bard Graduate Center. Currently consulting for Bonhams, she is responsible for the decorative arts section of our bi-yearly Russian sales.