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    Sale 7453

    Important Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    27 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 282

    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1815

    General Aleksandr Iakovlevich Rudzevich (1776-1829),with gold-embroidered red collar and epaulettes, wearing orders including the breast-stars of Sts. George and Vladimir, and other decorations; together with General Pushin, in green uniform with gold-embroidered red collar, gold epaulettes, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, with the Russian Order of Highest Distinction on the ribbon of St. Andrew, the breast-stars of St. George and St. Vladimir, the jewel of St. George (2nd class), and the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa (2nd class), (Russian School, circa 1800)

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    RUSSIAN SCHOOL, CIRCA 1815
    General Aleksandr Iakovlevich Rudzevich (1776-1829),with gold-embroidered red collar and epaulettes, wearing orders including the breast-stars of Sts. George and Vladimir, and other decorations; together with General Pushin, in green uniform with gold-embroidered red collar, gold epaulettes, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast-star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, with the Russian Order of Highest Distinction on the ribbon of St. Andrew, the breast-stars of St. George and St. Vladimir, the jewel of St. George (2nd class), and the Austrian Order of Maria Theresa (2nd class), (Russian School, circa 1800)
    rectangular, 2¾ x 2 7/16 in. (70 x 62 mm.), and oval, 3 3/16 in. (81 mm.) high, respectively, in rectangular and oval gilt-metal mounts, respectively (2)


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    General Rudzevich was god-son to Catherine II, joined the army in 1792 and saw active service in the campaigns of 1792-1794, 1805-1807 and the Fatherland war, when he was awarded the Order of St. George 2nd class. In the Russo-Turkish war of 1828-1829 he was fatally wounded near Varna.
    Another version of the portrait of Pushin is in the Hermitage, illustrated on the front cover page of the exhibition catalogue Miniatiura v Rossii XVIII - natsala XX veka, Leningrad, Hermitage, 1981.

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    Provenance

    General Rudzevich:
    Collection of Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanov (1859-1919), in 1907.
    Alexandre Rozembergh, Paris, in 1928.


    Literature

    General Rudzevich:
    Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanov, Russkie portrety [...], St. Petersburg, 1905-1909, III, no. 60, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    General Rudzevich:
    Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Exposition d'art russe ancien et moderne, 1928, no. 155 (lent by Alexandre Rozembergh, Paris).