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(Grand Duke, 1879-1956, Russian Major-General, Grandson of Tsar Alexander II, Cousin of Nicholas II), his wife
(Princess Matilda Maria, 1872-1971, Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the Imperial Ballet, Mistress of Nicholas II when Tsesarevich) & their family
Christmas Card Signed 'Grand Duke André', 'Princess Krasinsky', 'Wladimir Pr. Romanovsky Krasinsky' (their son b. 1902), & 'Baronne J. Zeddeler' (Matilda's sister Julia, b. 1866),
not inscribed, but to her nephew Slava Astafiev (d. 1976), with a picture of a country snow scene in colour on the front, folding card 4¼" x 3", no place, no date, c.
Matilda was given the title 'Princess Krasinska' by Andrei's brother Kyrill on her marriage in 1921, with 'Romanovska' added in 1935. From 1929 she taught at her own school in Paris till she was 92. See Matilda's memoirs, 'Dancing in Petersburg', translated by Arnold Haskell, 1960.
Slava was the son of Matilda's brother, the actor Joseph Kschessinsky (1868-1942), and his first wife the famous ballerina Serafima Alexandrovna Astafieva (1876-1934), known as 'Sima'. Sima left Russia and set up her ballet school at 152 Kings Road, Chelsea, in 1916. Slava married Margot Luck (d.1976), one of his mother's pupils. Other pupils included Alicia Markova, Anton Dolin and Margot Fonteyn.
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