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Treasures of catherine the great mikhail b piotrovsky on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers presents an exhibition catalog of the art collection of catherine the great. Catherine the greats treasure is lying at the bottom of the ocean the vrouw maria sank in the baltic sea in 1771 with masterpieces destined for the walls of catherine the greats winter . Catherine the great treasures of imperial russia from the state hermitage museum leningrad isabella forbes william underhill on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers catherine the great started her collection in 1764 to decorate the winter palace the treasures are now housed in the hermitage museum in leningrad this book presents a selection of these treasures. Catherine the great eighteenth century empress of russia is renowned as one of historys most voracious and astute collectors this volume illustrates catherines most personal treasures offering an intimate insight into her life her taste and her passions jacket. Catherine the great famed 18th century empress of russia was not only one of historys most remarkable women but also a voracious and astute collector her fabulous private horde of jewels miniatures clocks porcelain arms and armor coins and medals paintings and other precious objects is