12 - 13 October 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 34,850
Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 10,000
A gilt-bronze and copper candle-holder with a watercolour view of the Alexander Column on Palace Square in St Petersburg
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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Paris, Salle Pleyel, Exposition Pouchkine et son époque, 1937.