An antique Russian enamel on metal Khodynka Cup of Sorrows from the May 18, 1896 coronation of Tsar Nicholas II, the last ruler from the Romanov Dynasty. This cup comes from the estate of Princess Helene Obolensky, the wife of the late Prince Alexander Petrovich Obolensky (1915-2002), direct descendant of the Rurik.
This cup with other pieces as mentioned on the reverse of the paper from Helene Obolensky Enterprises, Inc. "...cups of the Khodinka's Field disaster, an event which resulted in a stampede and cast an ominous omen on the Tsar's reign (i.e. the 1917 Revolution)".
The cup is 4 1/8" tall and shows the cyphers of Nicholas II and Alexandra along with an overall geometric design and Romanov eagle on the opposite side. It is in good condition with small chips on the rim and bottom.
This great antique enamel cup is 120 years old. Do not miss a rare opportunity to own a piece of Russian Imperial history !
Khodynka Cup of Sorrows, also known as the Coronation Cup, the Sorrow Cup, or the Blood Cup,was made for the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II & Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna in 1896. The cup bears the cyphers of Nicholas and Alexandra surrounded by a geometric pattern with the Romanov eagle on the opposite side.
The beaker is among many that were distributed along with food presents and commemorative scarves to celebrate the coronation of Nicholas II, as had been the long-standing tradition. On the morning of 18 May 1896, over half a million revelers gathered on the ragged Khodynka Field in Moscow in anticipation of the presents and especially the commemorative cups (enameled tableware was still a great novelty at the time). That was far more than the field could safely accommodate, especially considering the many trenches and pits that dotted the plain in front of the Tsar's podium, because the entire area was normally used as a military training ground. In the confusion and panic that ensued, over a thousand people were trampled to death in what has become known as the Khodynka Tragedy. This event was taken as an omen of things to come for the rest of Nicholas' reign. The coronation cup became known in Russia as the Cup of Sorrows and the Tsar himself got the nickname of "Bloody Nicholas" - despite his best efforts to compensate the families of the victims.
ITEM: CORONATION CUP # 16 PRICE: $ 399.00. * ON SALE NOW $ 350.00 * SOLD *