A rare gilt-bronze casket, Nikolai Ivanovich Liberich (1828-1883), St Petersburg, late 19th century, and a matching desk set
- casket 23 by 40 by 31cm, 9 by 15 3/4 by 12 1/4 in.
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Born in St Petersburg in 1828, Nikolai Liberich studied sculpture at the St Petersburg Academy, specialising in animal figures, particularly horses and bears. Many of his groups were cast in silver as well as bronze, the latter usually at the Woerffel foundry in St Petersburg. Although the present casket lacks foundry marks, the quality and crispness of the casting suggest the same manufactory. Variations of the bear with tree trunk theme can be found throughout Liberich's work. The casket, possibly a humidor, seems to be a unique model, possibly made as a special commission.