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    Sale 7630

    Russian Works of Art

    24 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 195

    Two silver commemorative medals


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    Two silver commemorative medals
    Cyrillic initials R.P. and V.P., circa 1830
    Circular, large and small silver medals inscribed and depicting a trophy of the arts and pillar surmounted by the emblem of the Academy of Arts, St. Petersburg, the reverse with a laurel wreath and further inscription, further inscribed in the lower register in Cyrillic K. M. Kuchk., stamped in lower register, the larger in original fitted case
    2 in. (5.1 cm.) and 1 7/8 in. (4.7 cm.) diameter
    The inscriptions translate as: 'For achievements in painting 1830'; the reverse with 'Small Large medal for encouragemnet from the Imperial Academy of Arts''. (2)

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    Founded in 1757 by Empress Elizabeth, the Academy of the Three Noblest Arts, for the study of painting, sculpture and architecture, was the initiative of its first curator, Count Ivan Shuvalov. Catherine the Great granted a special privilege in 1764, and proclaimed the institution as the Imperial Academy of Arts, often known as the St. Petersburg Academy of Art.

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