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    Sale 7461

    Russian Works of Art Including The Rothschild Fabergé Egg

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 70

    Gilt-bronze figure of Rodopa


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    Gilt-bronze figure of Rodopa
    cast from the model by Nikolai Lavaretskii, 1880
    on circular base, inscribed on base in Cyrillic 'N. Lavaretskii, 1880' and applied behind with the Cyrillic foundry mark 'A. MORAND S[t]. P[eters]. B[urg].'
    43¼ in. (111 cm.) high

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    Nikolai Akimovich Laveretskii (1837-1907) studied in St. Petersburg in the sculptural classes of I.P. Vitali, P.K. Klodt and N.S. Pimenov. In 1860-63 he worked on the monument to the millenium of Russia after which he made extensive tours in Western Europe. He returned to Russia in 1870 where he continued to teach being named professor of sculpture in 1883.
    A version of the present statue is illustrated in F.I. Bulgakov Our artists, St. Petersburg, 1890, vol.II, p.3, entitled 'Rodopa', a slave in Aesop's Fables, cast in bronze in 1882 and exhibited in the All-Russia exhibition in Moscow that year.

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