• 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 331

    A rare porcelain vase depicting a Zaporozhian cossack

    RUSSIA, CIRCA 1825

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    A rare porcelain vase depicting a Zaporozhian cossack
    Russia, circa 1825
    Of urn-shape, the tapering cylindrical reddish-brown body painted with two reserves, the first depicting a Zaporozhian cossack resting in a green field, his rifle and hat beside him, his horse in the background, a monument to the left with the Ukrainian inscription which reads: 'Thank you Zaporozhian Brothers. You served Ukraine and Moscow soil is grateful to you. The glory of your Cossack bravery will never be forgotten', the second painted with a landscape flanked by a tree showing a church with a graveyard and a couple on a village road, both scenes inscribed in Ukrainian underneath: 'Khartitsa. An island in Zaporozhie, on the Dniepr' and 'From the time of Kii and Oshold to Mazepa, much water, from the rich waters of the Dniepr, passed', on a circular spreading foot, with moulded rocaille handles, elongated neck with conforming opening with gilt rim, apparently unmarked
    7¼ in. (18.5 cm.) high


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    The Zaporozhian Sich was the military and administrative centre of the Zaporozhian Cossacks in the 17th-18th centuries, based below the rapids of the Dnepr.

    On the 5 August 1775 Empress Catherine II signed the manifesto 'On the destruction of the Zaporozhian Sich and its addition to the New Russian province'. The Cossacks' fate was determined.

    The destruction of the Zaporozhian Sich resulted in the government taking over the lands and distributing it amongst Catherine the Great's entourage. Many of the Cossacks were made serfs. Over 5,000 Cossacks fled to the Danube Delta under Turkish protection, where they formed a new Danube Sich (1775-1828).

    In 1787 the Cossacks' ex-elders sent a petition to the Empress, expressing their will to serve in the army. The new 'Black sea Cossack Host' was formed. It took part in the Russian-Turkish war of 1787-1792. When the war was over they were transferred to the Kuban and became the Cossack army of Black sea.

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