A pair of Russian silver plated candle holders, Moscow, 1726
A pair of Russian silver plated candle holders, Moscow,
each with an inscription in Old Slavonic reading '726 (1726) march the 5th, these two candle holders were built for the Church of the Twelve Apostoles in the Synodal House, in accordance with the decree sent by her Imperial majesty sole ruler of all Russia (Catherine I) from the Holy Governing Synod of the Chancellery on the 24th June 725. They both weigh without the metal rod and resin 13 lb. 36 spools with quarter', fitted for electricity
187cm. high, 34cm. wide; 6ft. 1 1/2 in., 1ft. 1 3/8 in.
In overall good condition. With minor scratches, old marks (some left by old labels now taken away) and tarnishing throughout, consistent with age and use. Minor rubbing, losses (especially to bulb holders) and areas of oxidisation to silvering.
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The Church of the Twelve Apostles, Moscow,
Formerly in the collection of R.H. Watkin, Winona, Minnesota,
Schrager Auction Galleries, 3 December 1992, lot 632.
The Church of the Twelve Apostles and the neighbouring Patriarchal Chambers were commissioned in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon as part of his stately residence. The Church and the Chambers form a minor cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin and today are used by the Moscow Kremlin Museums.