“I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them.?

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“I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them.?

“I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them.?

“I have no way to defend my borders but to extend them.” #CatherineTheGreat (1729-1796) – the Empress of Russia (1762-1796) who held an equally ambitious view of her art collection for which The Hermitage Museum (1762) was built to house.
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Late 18th century natural pearl & diamond spray brooch, with four drop pearls & diamond swags, mounted in silver (3 1/4 inches) probably from the Russian Crown Jewels (1762-1917) is presented by @ALaVieilleRussie at @tefaf_art_fair NY, later this week.
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