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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 200

    JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)

    Colonel Count Vasilii Ivanovich Apraksin (1788-1822), in green military uniform with gold-embroidered scarlet collar, silver epaulettes and aiguillettes, wearing the jewels of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Alexander Nevskii and of the Royal Prussian Order 'Pour Le Mérite', the badges of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir, the Imperial Russian medal for the 1812 Campaign and the Royal Swedish Order of the Sword

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    JEAN-BAPTISTE ISABEY (FRENCH, 1767-1855)
    Colonel Count Vasilii Ivanovich Apraksin (1788-1822), in green military uniform with gold-embroidered scarlet collar, silver epaulettes and aiguillettes, wearing the jewels of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Alexander Nevskii and of the Royal Prussian Order 'Pour Le Mérite', the badges of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir, the Imperial Russian medal for the 1812 Campaign and the Royal Swedish Order of the Sword
    signed 'J. Isabey' (lower right)
    on card
    oval, 5½ in. (140 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount with stamped foliate border


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    A member of the aristocratic family and member of the Imperial court, Apraksin joined the Chevalier Guards regiment in 1806, served in the Turkish campaign of 1807 being wounded at Ruschuk, appointed adjutant to Count Uvarov in 1814, promoted colonel and aide-de-camp to the Emperor Alexander I when in Paris, at the Great Parade on 30 August 1815. He was awarded the Order of St. George (4th class) and the Prussian Order 'Pour le Mérite' and other orders. A copy after the present miniature by A. G. Rockstuhl, of 1819, is illustrated in K. V. Mikhailova/G. V. Smirnov, Portretnaia miniatiura: iz sobraniia Gosudarstvennogo Russkogo muzeia, XVIII - natsalo XX veka, Leningrad, 1979, p. 228, pl. 62.

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    Provenance

    A Gentleman; Christie's, London, 23 June 1981, lot 102.
    Christie's, Geneva, 15 November 1983, lot 285.