Portrait of Catherine the Great, called & quot; the Great"

Portrait of Catherine the Great, this “the big one”

Catherine the Great, passed into history with the name of Big, zarina from 1762 al 1796, had a passion rather bizarre, namely that for the keys and the locks.

The sovereign had, about, an enviable collection.

Please note that at the time keys, locks and padlocks were made by the skilled hands of expert craftsmen, especially for the most distinguished and demanding customers, They were able to create small works of art, complete with carvings, embroideries and sculptures.

The craze of Catherine was known enough to give rise to the following story: a skilled blacksmith, sentenced to exile in Siberia cold, She obtained the grace having given to lock a beautiful woman (Photo gives: donne-russe.russianwomen.club)