Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) Alexandrovna, an amusing cartoon of a young hen with bright red comb and wattle holding a box full of toys, painted for her granddaughter Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (known as Mysh in the family), the reverse inscribed in ink (in Cyrillic) Mysh from Amama 24 Jan 1925 at upper left. 6 3/8 x 4 5/8 in. (16.2 x 11.8 cm).
Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000)
A member of the Imperial family
Grand Duchess Xenia (Ksenia) was particularly close to her granddaughter Xenia (Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff, 1919-2000). The princess was educated at home and spent much of her early childhood years staying with or visiting her grandmother, then living at Frogmore House, a British royal residence. In January 1925, she was a bit less than six years old and the amusing, lively images would surely have delighted the little girl. The grand duchess frequently painted Easter gifts and postcards for her family members and those meant for her grandchildren were signed from Amama, the Danish word for grandmother used as a term of endearment among members of the Imperial family. This playful image is extraordinarily rare and demonstrates her closeness to and desire to entertain her beloved grandchildren.
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