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Published August 06, 2022 Updated August 06, 2022

Treasures of the Russian Museum

Treasures of the Russian Museum / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.

Russia Artwork Souvenir

The museum was founded in 1895 by imperial decree of Tsar Nicholas II. Initially, he instructed that it be called the Russian Museum of Emperor Alexander III, in honour of his late father. The main building is the Mikhailovsky Palace in central St. Petersburg, but the vast museum complex comprises several other palaces and buildings in the city, as well as the Mikhailovsky and Summer gardens.

The State Russian Museum

The collection initially consisted of paintings transferred from the Winter, Gatchina and Alexander Palaces, from the Hermitage and the Academy of Arts, as well as from private collections donated to the museum. After the 1917 Revolution, many newly nationalized artworks were moved here. Today, its depositary contains more than 400,000 pieces, ranging from ancient Russian icons and avant-garde to socialist realism and modern art

Treasures of the Russian Museum  / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty Treasures of the Russian Museum  / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty Treasures of the Russian Museum  / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty
Treasures of the Russian Museum  / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty

Above: Treasures of the Russian Museum playing cards / Russkii Muzei : suvenirnye igral’nye karty.

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By Peter Burnett

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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.


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