From Russia With Love

The ice sculpture that served as a chilling mechanism for a selection of Russian vodkas. The Imperia was the most popular. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Cold Imperia vodka, fresh from a ride through the ice. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The martini bar—shaken, not stirred. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Guests make a selection from the buffet, which included shrimp-wrapped snow peas, asparagus wrapped with smoked salmon, chicken cobb in a rosemary tart, beef and caperberry parcels, and barquettes with red pepper hummus.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

A silk, lace, and tulle evening gown circa 1890s, that would be typical attire for a guest to wear to a Russian coronation.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

This coronation album, depicting the coronation of Emperor Alexander III and Empress Maria Fedorovna, is dated 1883 and is the first created and printed entirely in Russia, including text, images, and artwork. Image courtesy of Hillwood.

Empress Maria Alexandrovna and Emperor Alexander II are shown in their coronation album, which was printed five years after the event in 1861. It is the largest of the albums in the exhibition, measuring three feet tall and two feet wide, and weighing 60 pounds. Image courtesy of Hillwood.

This image of the coronation regalia worn by Alexander III and Maria Fedorovna was painted by Konstantin Makovksy, who painted the popular “Boyar Wedding Feast” in Hillwood’s collection. Image courtesy of Hillwood.

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