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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 373

    A silver-mounted wooden box containing views of Moscow

    CIRCA 1901

    Price Realised  


    A silver-mounted wooden box containing views of Moscow
    circa 1901
    Rectangular, the hinged cover with raised border, applied with silver engraved ribbon tying oak and laurel branches, with '1976-1901 XXV', and en plein enamel coat of arms of Moscow surmounted by a silver Imperial crown and with the inscription 'Moskau' below, further applied with a monogram MDA in foliate scrolls and a silver presentation plaque, the hinged front opening to release thirty-seven colour prints, thirty-five with views of Moscow and two of Samoyed groups from the Arkhangel'sk region, each mounted on decorative gilt-edged card, apparently unmarked
    19½ in. (49.5 cm.) long
    The inscription on the cover reads: 'To Sir Thomas Beecham. Bart. The Great Pioneer of Russian Art in England. Of happy co-operation During the Russian Opera & Ballet Season. Lyceum, May. 15th. to June 27th.. 1931. Prince A. Zereteli. W. de Basil.'
    This lot also includes a copy of the original Gala Performance programme.

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    Sir Thomas Beecham (1879-1961) was a famous English conductor and impresario. He was educated in Oxford and studied composition privately in London and in Paris under Moritz Moszkowski in Paris but he was a self-taught conductor with no formal training. He founded both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and became artistic director of Covent Garden Opera. He had a great international influence and was the major influence on the music life of Britain. For his achievments he was knighted in 1916. He is responsible for introducing the British public to many Russian operas and the Ballets Russes.

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