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2018 Russian wall calendar: The Hermitage Museum cats - Saint Petersburg, Russia

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Seller: yellowcaptain (1,604) 100%, Location: Moscow, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 152493513640 2018 The Hermitage cats Кошки Эрмитажа The Hermitage cats are a living symbol of St Petersburg. Not content with simply showing their pictures, this series offers the lowdown on each of them. 12 months = 12 pictures. In 8 languages: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Japanese. На 8 языках: русском, английском, немецком, французском, испанском, итальянском, китайском, японском. In 8 Sprachen: Russisch, Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch, Spanisch, Italienisch, Chinesisch, Japanisch. En 8 langues: russe, anglais, allemand, français, espagnol, italien, chinois, japonais. En 8 idiomas: Ruso, Inglés, Alemán, Francés, Español, Italiano, Chino, Japonés. In 8 lingue: russo, inglese, tedesco, francese, spagnolo, italiano, cinese, giapponese. 在8种语言:俄语,英语,德语,法语,西班牙语,意大利语,中国,日本。ロシア語、英語、ドイツ語、フランス語、スペイン語、イタリア語、中国語、日本語:8言語で。 Photographer: Yuri Molodkovets (Юрий Молодковец). Hermitage cats who took part in photography: Tikhon, Lepa, Kisanya, Caspar, Assol, Francesca, Vaksa, Pingva, Duchesse, Rio-Rita, Gauguin and Luchik. Эрмитажные коты, участвовавшие в фотосъемке: Тихон, Лепа, Кисаня, Каспар, Ассоль, Франческа, Вакса, Пингва, сфинкс Дюшес, Рио-Рита, Гоген и Лучик. Size: 300 x 300mm (11¾ x 11¾ inches). Size of open calendar: 300 x 600mm (11¾ x 23½ inches). Weight: 195 grams. Printed in Russia. Edition in 3000 copies. Brand new sealed condition. SOME PHOTOS: Tikhon, in the Large Italian Skylight Hall. Named after the pagan god of fate, old-timer Tikhon is extremely discreet and thorough. As fate itself would have it, they brought Tikhon from the General Staff building to the Great Hermitage, where he became the unofficial leader of all the palace cats. Lepa, on Soviet Staircase. The self-sufficient Lipa is the very essence of catness, taking herself for strolls and preferring to observe proceedings from the shelter of a tree. Kisanya, in the Gallery of the History of Ancient Painting. A cordial hostess, Kisanya pays attention to all guests of the Hermitage, who, in summer, obligingly help this voluble gourmet acquire a rounded figure. Caspar, in the Raphael Loggias. A legendary guard and photographic star, he often wanders into camera shots of the most vivid landscapes. Named after German landscape artist Caspar David Friedrich, this romantic feline soul chooses the most picturesque surroundings for his perambulations. Assol, at the Nicholas Staircase, a spruce and sociable, yet bashful, young lady. Evening often finds her on the Palace Embankment, gazing pensively at the ships gliding along the Neva. Francesca, on the Jordan Staircase. Proud of her famous namesake, she performs her own version of arias from the eponymous opera in the dead of night in the museum vaults. Anyone who strokes her trichromatic coat gets special treatment. Vaksa, on the Jordan Staircase. The demure Vaksa suffers from poor eyesight; she isn’t overly fond of strangers, and rarely leaves the Hermitage grounds. However, she’s never short of work… fondly rubbing herself against the feet of employees, this near-wholly black cat has polished their shoes to a shine for many years. Pingva, in the Pavilion Hall. An elderly cat robed in austere black-and-white, descended from palace stock. This cat was born to guard the Hermitage. The modest sombre black-and-white livery is evidence of her aristocratic roots. She shuns feline company in favour of solitude, preferring to live apart from her fellows in the cattery. Luchik, in the Winter Palace. A striking Siberian tomcat, his fur boasts the hue of what people in Piter call the “Neva Masquerade” hue. An avid football fan, on match day he always bags the best spot to watch his favourite side, FK Zenit. TEXT FROM WIKIPEDIA.ORG: The Hermitage cats are a group of cats residing in the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The museum has a press secretary dedicated to the cats, and three people act as caretakers. The cats live in the museum's basement, and they also appear on the embankment and on the square during the summer. In previous eras they roamed throughout the museum galleries. In 2010 Maria Khaltunen (also "Khaltunin" or "Haltunen"), who directs the museum's cat programme, stated that there were 60 cats on the museum grounds, even though the staff has a joke that officially the museum is only supposed to have 50 cats. Irina Popovets, who became the head of the cat department, stated that the cats were "as well-known as our collections." In May 2013, the count had grown to 74 cats, of both sexes (but neutered), according to Haltunen. There are kitchens for preparing their food ("they all have different preferences"), and even a small hospital. As of 2013 donations, a €400-per-month payment from the charity Pro Animale, and the sponsorship of Royal Canin fund the presence of the cats. The cats were present in the museum, originally a palace, since the 18th century; in 1745, Elizabeth of Russia ordered cats to be placed in the palace in order to control the mice. James Rodgers of the BBC stated that the belief is that the cats originated from Kazan, a city known for having cats good at catching mice. The cats remained in St. Petersburg except during World War II, when the existing cat population was killed. A new group of cats replaced the previous cats since the rat population had increased. In the late 1990s, Khaltunen began a programme to care for the cats, which previously lived in poor conditions. As of 2007 the museum began adopting cats needing homes. In 2011, the museum began a "Catfest", a celebration of its cat population. "Catfest" has included cat painting contests and scavenger hunts for children. Beginning in 2015, because of the number of visiting tourists, a website has been set up by the museum for people who may be interested in adopting a cat. “It is an honor to adopt a Hermitage cat,” one potential cat owner was told. Registered delivery worldwide with a tracking number: US $8.50. Each additional calendar: US $8.00. I combine postage when it is possible. My delivery charge is based on real postal rates and includes the cases of redelivery or emergency delivery. Default delivery is registered mail. Special services, as to deliver with express service or other, must be requested. Payment is through PayPal or International Bank Account Number (IBAN/BIC) in Eurozone. You can see some other of my RUSSIAN CALENDARS now. Please click here. Questions? - Ask! HAPPY BIDDING! Condition: New, Country/Region of Manufacture: Russian Federation

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