Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) Alexandrovna: A hand-painted, signed New Year’s greeting postcard written to her granddaughter, Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff, the front with a bouquet of colorful flowers in a green vase, signed KA at lower right, the reverse with a handwritten letter in English and pre-1917 Russian orthography dated 30 January 1954, the text with Xenia’s New Year’s greetings and blessings in Russian and finishing: “Pishi [Write] to yr. old + very loving Amama.” 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ in. (8.3 x 10.9 cm).
Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000)
A member of the Imperial family
Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia, 1875-1960) Alexandrovna was particularly close to her granddaughter and namesake Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000). The young girl, together with her parents and two brothers, lived with Grand Duchess Xenia at Frogmore House, a British royal residence. The princess, known as Mysh among family members, was educated at home and spent much of her early childhood with her grandmother. The grand duchess frequently painted Easter and New Year’s 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.
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