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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 148

    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1800

    Count Mikhail Nikitich Murav'ev (1757-1807), in gold-embroidered red coat with blue collar, wearing a the red moiré sash and badge of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Anne (1st class with diamonds)

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    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1800
    Count Mikhail Nikitich Murav'ev (1757-1807), in gold-embroidered red coat with blue collar, wearing a the red moiré sash and badge of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Anne (1st class with diamonds)
    oval, 3 1/8in. (80 mm.) high, gilt-metal frame


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    Russian writer, senator and father of the Dekabristy N. M. and A. M. Murav'ev, he was a member of the Ministry of Popular Education and Chancellor of Moscow University, the founder of the Botanic Garden and Museum of Natural History
    This is after a rectangular oil portrait by Jean-Laurent Mosnier depicting Count Murav'ev, in the Hermitage. A later copy by Themire, signed and dated 1821, is illustrated in G. N. Komelova/G. A. Printseva, Portrait Miniature in Russia XVIII - early XX century from the Collection of The Hermitage, Leningrad, 1986, no. 108, p. 188, pl. 171.

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