27 November 2007
AFTER GIOVANNI DOMENICO BOSSI
Countess Sibileva, a lady-in-waiting to Empress Maria Feodorovna, in lace-bordered white dress decorated with the cypher of a lady-in-waiting to the Empress, pearl necklace and pearls in her upswept dark hair; together with Countess Kutaisov, in white dress with pearls on sleeves and at corsage, yellow belt with pearl-set buckle, red stole over her left shoulder, holding a closed fan in her right hand, a white ribbon in her auburn hair; landscape background (Continental School, circa 1880)
oval, 2 5/16 in. (58 mm.) high and rectangular, 2 5/8 x 2 3/16 in. (67 x 55 mm.), oval and rectangular gilt-metal frames, the latter with gilt-metal mount with arched top, respectively (2)
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The portrait of Countess Kutaisov is inspired by Borovikovskii's oil painting of Catherine Vasilievna Torsukova (1772-1842), illustrated in Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanov, Russkie portrety [...], St. Petersburg, 1905-1909, IV, no. 44.
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