17 November 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 1,375
Estimate GBP 1,000 - GBP 1,500
RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1765, AFTER FEDOR ROKOTOV
Empress Catherine II of Russia (1729-1796), in blue satin grand habit with white lace adorning the neck and sleeve, ermine coronation mantle, secured with diamond and pearl-set brooch, diamond earring, strands of pearls, a feathered diamond comb and jewelled coronet in her curling powdered hair, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St Andrew
oval, 3 7/8 in. (99 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount with tied ribbon surmount
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The present miniature derives from a large-scale portrait on canvas by the Russian artist Fedor Rokotov (1735-1808), painted in 1763 and now in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.
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