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