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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 113

    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1812

    General Field-Marshall Count Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (1747-1813), in dark green uniform, gold-embroidered red collar, gold epaulettes, wearing the Russian Order of Highest Distinction, the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, the sash and breast-star of the Military Order of St. George (1st class), the Order of St. Vladimir (1st class) and the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa (1st class)

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    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1812
    General Field-Marshall Count Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov (1747-1813), in dark green uniform, gold-embroidered red collar, gold epaulettes, wearing the Russian Order of Highest Distinction, the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, the sash and breast-star of the Military Order of St. George (1st class), the Order of St. Vladimir (1st class) and the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa (1st class)
    oval, 2¼ in. (58 mm.) high, gilt-metal mount


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    The most famous military leader of the Great Fatherland War, Kutuzov entered military service under General A. V. Suvorov and took part in the Russo-Turkish wars being awarded various medals for his services. Having taken part in the campaigns against the French it was his brave tactics during the invasion of 1812 that saved the Russian Army, and the nation. He died while directing the army in Germany. For his deeds in 1812 he was awarded the title of Serene Prince Smolenskii and rank of General Field-Marshal. A smiliar miniature by Ivan Grigoriev 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, p. 133, no. 114.

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