• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 167


    Price Realised  


    A lady-in-waiting to Tsarinas Elizabeth Alexeievna and Maria Feodorovna, in white muslin dress with frilled lace collar, vermilion cashmere shawl, wearing the blue moiré bow and diamond monogrammed badge of a lady-in-waiting, upswept dark hair dressed in ringlets
    on ivory
    oval, 2½ in. (63 mm.) high, stamped ormolu frame

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    It has been suggested that the present miniature derives from a painting by Henri-François Riesener (1767-1828) in the collection of the Hermitage Museum, in which the sitter is depicted without the diamond monogrammed badge of a lady-in-waiting. For another version of the present miniature, once in the collection of Princess M. A. Chernishev, and now in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, see L. I. Pevsner and I. M. Sakharova, Gosudarstvennaiia Tretiakovskaia Galereia. Portretnaia miniatiura XVIII - natsala XX veka, Moscow, 1997, p. 119, no. 172.

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