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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 62

    A PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND NIELLO COWRIE-SHELL BOX

    PROBABLY VELIKII USTIUG, CIRCA 1815

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    A PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND NIELLO COWRIE-SHELL BOX
    PROBABLY VELIKII USTIUG, CIRCA 1815
    The cowrie-shell forming the body, with wave mount and flat parcel-gilt hinged cover depicting Emperor Alexander I and Empress Elizabeth Alexeievna, in niello, after the engraving The Peace for Europe by C. Caredelli, with Russian inscriptions, with further later inscription inside the cover, apparently unmarked
    3 in. (7.8 cm.) long


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    The inscription reads: 'Peace has been achieved by your victories' and 'Europe has been saved by your steadfastness'. The inscription inside the cover reads: 'VB Gift from Ulita Romadina 1828 Yakutsk'.

    The Italian engraver Salvatore Caredelli worked in St. Petersburg from 1797. The Peace for Europe dates from 1814.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 26 April 1989, lot 275.