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1812: A Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Pictorial Table Cigar Box, Moscow,

circa 1912

Estimation
150 000250 000
Lot. Vendu 182,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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1812: A Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Pictorial Table Cigar Box, Moscow,

circa 1912

Estimation
150 000250 000
Lot. Vendu 182,500 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

Details & Cataloguing

1812: A Russian Gilded Silver and Shaded Enamel Pictorial Table Cigar Box, Moscow,

circa 1912

rectangular, enameled with colorful flowering plants on ground of sea green, cream, and aubergine, with applied wires and gilded beads, the hinged cover finely enameled en plein with a scene of Napoleon Bonaparte witnessing the burning of the Moscow Kremlin, after Vasili Vereshchagin, depicting the French emperor and his military staff by the walls of the Moscow Kremlin, which are in flames, with geometric borders

with marks effaced with only Imperial warrant remaining visible; possibly by the Twentieth Artel and possibly retailed by Khlebnikov


Length 8 1/2 in.
21.6 cm
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, December 15, 1987, lot 265, illustrated

Description

It is virtually certain that the offered lot was made in 1912, the year in which Russians commemorated the centennial of their nation's victory over Napoleon. The celebrations reached their peak in late August when Emperor Nicholas II, the Tsarevich, and members of the court traveled by train to Borodino to spend two days at the battlefield where Napoleon's Grand Armée had been defeated. To the strains of hymns, troops reenacted the procession with the icon of the Mother of God of Smolensk which had been used to bless Field Marshall's Kutuzov's troops 100 years earlier. The emperor and members of his court then returned to Moscow where the continuing celebrations offered events such as a public performance of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and concluded with an enormous public prayer service in honor of Alexander I on Red Square on August 30, the feast day of St. Alexander Nevsky.

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