Grand Duchess Xenia (or Ksenia) Alexandrovna, a study of a seated puppy, probably a pug, in watercolor and pencil, signed on the reverse in Russian Amama 1931 (Амама 1931 года). 5 1/8 x 3 13/16 in. (13 x 9.7 cm).
Princess Xenia Andreevna Romanoff (1919-2000)
A member of the Imperial family
The signature on the reverse indicates that Grand Duchess Xenia intended this amusing drawing for one of her grandchildren. While living in England in exile, she was granted use of the Frogmore House, a British royal residence. Her son Prince Andrei (1897-1981) and his wife Elisabeta Ruffo-Sasso (1886-1940) lived there with their three children: Princess Xenia Andreevna (1919-2000), Prince Michael Andreevich (1920-2008), and Prince Andrew Andreevich (b. 1923). The grand duchess was particularly close to her granddaughter and namesake Princess Xenia, who was educated at home at Frogmore House. This amusing image, reminiscent of Fabergé’s hardstone studies of animals, was certainly meant to delight one of her grandchildren, most probably Princess Xenia. Grand Duchess Xenia 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.
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