• 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 411

    An ivory plaque depicting Empress Elizabeth I


    Price Realised  


    An ivory plaque depicting Empress Elizabeth I
    Russia, 18th century
    Rectangular, carved in high relief from a single piece of ivory, with a full-length portrait of the Empress, her skirt, fur-lined cloak, table and fringed drape all with a scroll design, within a stepped outer border, apparently unmarked
    6¼ in. (16 cm.) high

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    Elizabeth Petrovna (1707-1762) was the daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine I. She succeeded Ivan VI in a coup in 1741.

    The present lot is loosely based on the portrait executed in 1730 by Louis Caravaque (1684-1754), now in the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow. A similar carved ivory plaque, with inscriptions, is in the Hermitage collection, St Petersburg.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.