samedi 8 décembre 2007
Antiquities market on the Red Place in Moscow about 1880
Henry Brocard, great collector at this time, before 1900, was searching on the Russian market antiquities. It was a great period for that. The young aristocrats were inheriting their parents a lot of old objects coming from centuries of collecting. But as the time was difficult and not so stable, some of them were deciding to sell those marvelous testimonies of the past.
Henry, using a part of his fortune generated by the perfume industry, was buying in the whole perimeter of the Russia Empire, some traders helping him to identify what was interesting.
He was also walking on the market in the "red place" in Moscow. This nice picture probably about 1880, is emphasing the ambiance there and the opportunity to collect exiting objects from the Russian tradition or famous old painters. One legend in the family is stressing that Henry found a painting of Dürer in this market. I am dreaming about such a discovery like this...