The infantry under Raevsky’s command defended a strategically-significant position at the battle of Borodino. In the battle of Leipzig, the Russian general fought bravely despite being wounded and was awarded the Order of St Vladimir for his courage. On 31 March 1814, after defeating Napoleon, Raevsky entered Paris alongside Emperor Alexander I and his troops. The inscription on the reverse of the present lot commemorates the date. A similar silver niello box by Kaltikov depicting Raevsky in battle is kept at the Winter Palace in St Petersburg (Z.A. Bernyakovich, Russian Silver Wares of the 18th-the Beginning of the 20th Century in the State Hermitage Collection, Leningrad, 1977, illustrated: plate 159).
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