• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 333

    A gilt-bronze and copper candle-holder with a watercolour view of the Alexander Column on Palace Square in St Petersburg

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A gilt-bronze and copper candle-holder with a watercolour view of the Alexander Column on Palace Square in St Petersburg
    19th century
    The circular base with crown mount of stylized foliage and a cagework column of arches supporting the square stem with scalloped ring finial, the candle holders and watercolour frame each with openwork floral scroll mount and slide bracket, apparently unmarked
    26 in. (60.6 cm.) high


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    The Alexander Column, designed by architect Auguste de Montferrand and built in 1830-1834, commemorates Emperor Alexander I and his role in Russia's victory over Napoleon during the patriotic war of 1812. It is the largest free-standing monument in the world. The Alexander Column is made of red granite and stands 154 feet (47 metres) high.

    Auguste de Montferrand (1786-1858) was a French Neoclassical architect who worked primarily in Russia. His three best known works are St Isaac's Cathedral, the Alexander Column and the monument dedicated to Nicholas I in St Petersburg (see lot 424).

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    Exhibited

    Paris, Salle Pleyel, Exposition Pouchkine et son époque, 1937.