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Vodka glasses from Russian noble collection

21 March 2013Written by ATG Reporter

This may look like your average 19th century vodka glass, but this tumbler descended through the family of a high-ranking Russian noble.

The Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovic was banished to England by his first cousin Tsar Nicholas II for his morganatic marriage to Countess Sophie de Merenberg.

The 3½in (8.5cm) high glass forms part of a 22-lot collection of Russian Imperial glassware from three banquet services belonging to the Grand Duke consigned to Lyon & Turnbull's sale on March 26 in Edinburgh. Estimates range from £200-£1500.

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