In the early 1970s, Daniel Bibb trained under a master conservator in the restoration and conservation of precious artworks. His mentor honed and expanded his craft in the wake of the catastrophic flood in Florence, Italy, in 1966.
Through his work in art conservation and restoration, Daniel Bibb developed his interest in collections and historical research, concentrating primarily on works originating in the 17th century. There are several important 17th century and 18th century works from Spain, Italy, France and England shown on the website.
Also on the site, you will find 17th, 18th and 19th century books, many with royal bindings and bearing the arms of such famous kings of France as Louis XIV and Louis XV, and volumes from the personal libraries of Madame de Pompadour, Madame du Barry, queen of France Marie Antoinette, and members of the royal houses.
There is also a robust collection of Imperial Russian documents relating to the Czars and Czarinas, including Catherine the Great, Alexander I, famous for his victory over Napoleon in Russia, Alexander II, Alexander III, Nicolas I, and Nicolas II, the last Romanov Czar, who was executed with his family by the Bolsheviks in 1918. Also noteworthy is an autograph letter signed letter by Grigory Rasputin, the staretz and friend of the last czarina of Russia, Alexandra.
Russian icons are also given important status in the collection. Over 100 icons are in the collection, dating from the 16th century to the 20th century. Many of the icons depict Russian orthodox saints, martyrs and monks, along with Jesus, Mary, the apostles and angels. Many are housed in ornate cases called kiots that are embellished in gilt and exquisite carvings. There are also antique crosses in brass and enamel and folding traveling icons of the Old Believers of Russia from centuries past.
Over the past three decades, Daniel Bibb has assisted museums in assembling exhibitions noteworthy for the beauty and high praise of patrons.