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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 215

    A Smoky Quartz Hand-Seal Carved as Atlas

    19TH CENTURY

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    A Smoky Quartz Hand-Seal Carved as Atlas
    19th century
    Realistically carved, the kneeling figure of Atlas on a rounded rectangular base, the world resting on his shoulders and engraved with the continents, longitudes and latitudes and captioned in Russian, the matrix carved with a crowned Cyrillic monogram, apparently unmarked
    2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) high


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    A comparable rock crystal seal carved as Atlas was sold in these rooms April 18, 2007, lot 300.