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A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, CHAMPLEVÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL TRIPTYCH
A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, CHAMPLEVÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL TRIPTYCH
A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, CHAMPLEVÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL TRIPTYCH
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A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, CHAMPLEVÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL TRIPTYCH

MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908

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A LARGE AND IMPORTANT SILVER-GILT CLOISONNÉ, CHAMPLEVÉ AND EN PLEIN ENAMEL TRIPTYCH
MARKED P. OVCHINNIKOV WITH THE IMPERIAL WARRANT, MOSCOW, 1899-1908
Of ogee arch form, surmounted by a cross, the hinged covers opening to reveal an icon of St Nicholas, flanked by the Mother of God and Christ Pantocrator, all within lavishly decorated mounts with shaded cloisonné enamel, with varicolour foliage and geometric motives, the cover similarly enamelled with a cross and scrolling foliage within foliate borders, the top decorated with a champlevé and en plein enamelled image of Christ, the reverse dated and inscribed in Russian ‘[To] Our former commander / much-esteemed / Nikolai Ivanovich / in memory of the bright days under his commandment / of the Division and as a blessing for his future / work for the good of the country / From the Ranks of the 31st Infantry Division / 1912-1914’, with a suspension loop, marked throughout
17¾ in. (45 cm.) high
127.74 oz. (3,973 gr.) gross
Provenance
Presented to General Nikolay Ivanovich Protopopov (1853- c. 1917), head of the 31st Infantry Division in 1912-1914.
Property of a European Royal House; Christie's, Geneva, 19 November 1974, lot 192.

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General Nikolai Protopopov (1853-c. 1917) served as head of the 31st Infantry Division in 1912-1914 and was appointed General of the Infantry in 1916. At the beginning of the First World War Nikolai Protopopov was in charge of the X Corps which operated in the Carpathians and in Galicia. In 1916 General Protopopov was appointed as assistant to General Iosif Mrozovsky who was in charge of the Moscow military region. Although apolitical, General Protopopov was not trusted by the Provisional Government and was relieved of his duties on grounds of illness in 1917.

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