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Item:283338445800Countess Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby,(1892-1977), also known as Lady Zia Wernher A green painted mahogany desk in George III style, circa 1890, with Hobbs locks throughout, with a later label to the interior for Lady Zia Wernher, together with a matching George III elbow chair, late 18th century and later painted. Background: Countess Anastasia Mikhailovna de Torby,(1892-1977), also known as Lady Zia Wernher was the elder daughter of Grand Duke Michael Mikhailovich of Russia, a grandson of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, and Countess Sophie of Merenberg. Like her mother, Anastasia was born of a morganatic marriage, and was ineligible to bear her father's title or rank. Following her parents' elopement to San Remo in 1891 and consequent banishment from Russia, Sophia was made Countess de Torby by Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, which title extended to all three of the couple's children. Through her mother, she descended from the renowned Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, as well as from his ancestor Abram Petrovich Gannibal, Peter the Great's African protégé. On 20 July 1917 she married British Major-General Sir Harold Wernher, 3rd Bt (1893–1973), son of wealthy financier, Sir Julius Wernher, Bt, who had made his fortune in South African diamonds. In the following September, she was accorded the style and precedence of the daughter of an earl by Royal Warrant of George V, and discontinued use of her comital title. Henceforth she was known as Lady Zia Wernher. Condition report: The desk shows sign of wear and has a lightly distressed feel with dings and scuffs, the desk drawers all open and close smoothly, there is one replacement handle to one of the drawers, all of the drawers are lined and clean with no smells or odours, the desk comes with one non working key with tassel, the chair is lightly distressed with knocks and marks and small repairs, the fabric is worn but very useable, there are no signs of past or present woodworm, the desk has a label inside drawer with the name Lady Zia Wernher. AntiqueGeorge III StyleBruce TalbertCirca 1890Twin Pedestal DeskMatching ChairPaintedInvestmentRare Dimensions desk: Height: 30” Inches / 76cm Width: 57.5” Inches / 146cmDepth: 28” inches / 71cm Delivery: Free delivery is offered to England & Wales only when buyer pays full asking price, next day delivery is not possible due to the size of the piece, please allow between 7-14 days delivery Payment: I prefer Paypal (its safe and secure and always protects the buyer) but you are also welcome to pay by bank transfer or cash on collection. Refund policy: I offer a full 30 day ‘no quibble’ refund policy if you are not entirely satisfied with your purchase, return carriage cost at buyers expense. Communication: I try to respond to all messages within 15 minutes between the hours of 7am to 8pm, outside of these hours I will respond first thing the following morning. Contact: If you would like to view this item or any of my other listings or have any questions or would like additional photographs please message me or call me, contact details in seller details below. Please look at my other other items here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/str/splendidantiques Many thanks, Siobhan Splendid AntiquesAge:1800-1899, Product Type:Desks, Original/Reproduction:Original, Style:Georgian, Material:Mahogany
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