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The Collections of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great of Russia Nicholas Merchant Tuesday 10 October 2017

Nicholas Merchant will talk about both these early rulers of ‘modern’ Russia who were voracious collectors but in different directions and for different reasons.  Peter with his enormous animal energy and enquiring mind was a collector of curiosities and oddities.  Catherine was the founder of the Russia art collections.  Like Peter her curiosity was insatiable and she scoured Europe for collections buying from the cash strapped such as the Walpole’s treasures at Houghton.  

Nicholas has worked as a valuer for both Phillips and Sotheby’s and also runs his own book business devoted to the decorative and fine arts.  He has had a long term interest in antiques and lectures extensively in the USA, South Africa, Europe and UK, including the V&A.