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486
A glass paste cameo of Empress Catherine II as Minerva, attributed to Empress Maria Feodorvna, circa 1810
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486
A glass paste cameo of Empress Catherine II as Minerva, attributed to Empress Maria Feodorvna, circa 1810
Estimate
3,0005,000
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A glass paste cameo of Empress Catherine II as Minerva, attributed to Empress Maria Feodorvna, circa 1810
facing sinister, wearing a Roman headdress, gold mount
Quantity: 1
height 7cm, 2 3/4 in.
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Catalogue Note

Empress Maria Feodorovna, consort of Paul I, was an eager cultivator of the arts and excelled in all creative endeavours, from horticulture to music. She shared her mother-in-law Catherine the Great’s love of cameos and learned how to carve cameos herself, taking inspiration from examples in the Hermitage and replicating them under the supervision of her professor Carl Leberecht. The present lot is a cameo depicting Catherine the Great as a Minerva; this was one of Maria Feodorovna’s favourite subjects, and she often presented these cameos to her mother-in-law as gifts.

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