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Russian Rarity

James Andrew at the George N. Gallery.

James Andrew at the George N. Gallery.

On every level, from their palaces to their appointments, the Russian aristocracy luxuriated in a style unmatched throughout time. And it may come as no surprise to you that I often find myself having Czarist daydreams!

Needless to say a recent visit to the uber fantastic George N. gallery had me transfixed by this incredibly handsome pair of 18th century commodes which are said to have been made to Lvov’s designs for the Catherine Wing, at Monplaisir Palace, Petrodvorets. The pair are painted with faux bois and various scenes from the Aeneid. Painted furniture of this type was not very popular when they were made, making these a true rarity. These commodes topped with a pair of Russian Empire style mirrors might be the perfect touch for one of my modern day Czar or Czarina clients!

I’m feeling fabtastic (my new word) in a Gucci wool tweed topcoat in brown, forest green, burnt orange and olive, Tunbull and Asser white and forest green striped cotton shirt with french cuffs, vintage moonstone cuff links and olive and brown windowpane plaid wool tie from Ralph Lauren, oatmeal corduroy pant, python belt with silver double horse head buckle and peccary gloves all by Gucci, Orange suede tasseled loafers by Etro.


  1. Dean says:

    James !

    You also LOOK Fabtastic ! Is that George N. Subkoff ? Used to haunt that place when it was downtown… are they uptown now? Call me, I miss hearing from you.

    Hugs, Deenie in Napoli

  2. Paper Doll says:


  3. Freiin von Spiering says:

    Dear James,

    You are right, these commodes are a true rarity, they´re incredibly beautiful, would ADORE to have them!

    Love how you look!

    Best Regards

    Marie Freiin von Spiering

  4. Little Witch says:

    Wow, moonstone cuff links!

  5. Tom Cavendish says:

    George N. Gallery seem to be a very interesting place!



  6. Jackie@Dollhouse says:

    I have cazarist dreams too! My dollhouse is a pink russian palace!



  7. Lola Montes says:

    Hola James,

    Me encantan las cómodas, qué maravilla que sean pintadas, sería bueno darme una vuelta por George N Gallery!



  8. Christian Fuchs says:

    Dear James,

    Russians are very special and sophisticated people, my friend´s great grandmother is a russian baroness, i visit her some weekends and she always has very interesting stories to tell about the old czarist Russia.



  9. Secret Admirer says:

    You look really fabtastic! btw love your new word!

  10. Eugenia Drummond says:

    lovely commodes and mirrors, you´ve got such an exquisite taste!

    kisses from Brazil


  11. Christiane von Könemann says:

    Sehr schöne Möbel mein Lieber, die Russen haben sehr guten Geschmack! Du siehst sehr gut aus!

    Liebe Grüsse aus Deutschland

    Deine Christiane

  12. Super Trooper says:

    I´m a rarity too, but I´m not russian 😉


  13. Maria La Torre says:

    Qué muebles más maravillosos, estoy fascinada y tú luces guapísimo con ese abrigo Gucci!

    un beso (incluiré tu nueva palabra en mi vocabulario)


  14. Absolutely in Love says:

    You look really handsome my dear James, love your shoes, and I´m going to use your “fabtastic”, I adore it!

  15. Johann Graf von Auersperg says:

    Mein lieber James,

    Du suchst sehr schöne Läden aus, diese Möbel gefallen mir sehr gut! Ich werde für ein Paar Tagen Ferien machen, vielleicht werde ich mich nicht melden können, ich wünsche Dir eine tolle Woche.

    Liebe Grüsse


  16. Sabrina Johnson says:

    I love the commodes! And you look stunning!



  17. Martin Doolittle says:

    Hello James,

    I was in Africa, that´s why I wasn´t writing, I had a wonderful time there. I missed you and your fab blog!



  18. Lil´Lilly says:

    My dear James,

    Your blog is a passport to a marvellous world, thank you.


  19. Jack Diy says:

    Very fantastic…Thank you very much for posting us like this. I’ll be back on this site and see more updates. Many thanks!

  20. Grant says:

    Hi James,

    I’ve been reading your Blog for a while now, but I’ve always been too shy to comment.

    I really love your style, and this post’s image is a prefect example of why. Those orange loafers with that delicious topcoat – damn!


  21. I think we all have a little Czar/Czarina in us.

  22. Shani says:

    What a great ensemble! I totally feel you on the Czarist daydreams… this is exactly why Anna Karenina is an annual (at least) read for me.

    Have a wonderful day!

  23. Royalty certainly helps to daydreaming.

    By the way, I love the coat.

  24. Columnist says:

    I can never really believe the coincidences that arise from my reading of (my fave) blogs…they’re all about Tsarist Russia today. There is definitely some greater force at work.

  25. dandy indeed! great site

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