A present from Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna of Russia
A silver vase, in Russian taste and of trumpet-shaped form, decorated with translucent white and green enamel on guil-
loched ground, mounted with garlands and scrolling leaf vines cagework. German, circa 1920
Provenance: Present from Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna of Russia to her life-cossack, Timofei Xenofonovich Yaschik (1878-1946). He was born in the Caucasus, became a cossack, and in 1914 appointed life-cossack for Tsar Nicholas Il of Russia. In 1915 he was appointed life-cossack for the mother, Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna of Russia, a service he remained true to the rest of her life. Yaschik followed Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna during the escape in 1917 to the Crimea, and afterwards in exile from 1919, first in England and soon after in Denmark.
His first Russian wife was shot in Russia in 1921, and in 1925 he married the Dane Agnes Aabrink, in the Russian church in Copenhagen. She became a Russian Orthodox and was baptized Nina. After the death of Tsaritsa Maria Feodorovna in 1928, the couple bought a house and a grocery store in Valby, outside Copenhagen.