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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 97

    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1730

    Empress Anna Ioannovna (1693-1740), in blue dress with yellow floral-embroidered bodice, red bows on her tiered lace sleeves, wearing the blue moiré sash of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, a miniature gold and pearl crown on her long dark hair

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    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1730
    Empress Anna Ioannovna (1693-1740), in blue dress with yellow floral-embroidered bodice, red bows on her tiered lace sleeves, wearing the blue moiré sash of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, a miniature gold and pearl crown on her long dark hair
    on parchment
    oval, 2 5/8 in. (67 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount on a rectangular lacquer panel with leaves at corners


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    Daughter of Tsar Ivan V Alekseevich and step-niece of Peter the Great, she was married in 1710 to Duke Friedrich Wilhelm of Courland and widowed in 1711. She succeeded Peter II Alekseevich in 1730, and made herself unpopular with her arrogance and Baltic German court. This portrait is based loosely on the originals by Louis Caravaque.

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    Provenance

    Collection of the artist F. Ia. Borzenkov, no. 21.