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    Sale 7550

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    9 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 3

    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1775

    Count Zakhar Grigorievich Chernychev (1722-1784), in court dress, teal coat embellished with red collar and gold-braided embroidery, cerise waistcoat, red accented fine lawn cravat and matching cuffs, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew and the black and red sash of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir, the cross of the Imperial Russian Order of Alexander Nevsky suspended from a red ribbon around his neck, holding an Imperial Russian Field Marshal's baton in his left hand, powdered wig worn en queue; curtain and classicising grand manner background

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    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1775
    Count Zakhar Grigorievich Chernychev (1722-1784), in court dress, teal coat embellished with red collar and gold-braided embroidery, cerise waistcoat, red accented fine lawn cravat and matching cuffs, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew and the black and red sash of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir, the cross of the Imperial Russian Order of Alexander Nevsky suspended from a red ribbon around his neck, holding an Imperial Russian Field Marshal's baton in his left hand, powdered wig worn en queue; curtain and classicising grand manner background
    on ivory
    2 5/8 in. (67 mm.) diam., gold locket frame


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    Count Zakhar Grigorievich Chernychev was styled Minister of War to the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia, following his famous capture of Berlin in 1760. Under Catherine the Great, Count Chernychev became President of the War College and Imperial Field Marshal in 1773. Prince Potemkin's jealousy concerning Count Chernychev's administrative powers prompted him to send him away to govern Belarus. Count Chernychev used this post to institute the 1775 reform of the regional administration across the empire and become the first governor of the re-established Moscow guberniya.

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    Provenance

    Sotheby's, Geneva, 10 May 1988, lot 15.