15 April 1997
THE PROPERTY OF A SCANDINAVIAN LADY
IWAN WINBERG (fl. 1830-1846)
Czar Nicholas I of Russia (1796-1855), facing left in red-piped dark uniform with gold-embroidered red collar, gold epaulettes, wearing the blue moiré sash and breast star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Andrew, the breast star of the Imperial Russian Order of St. Vladimir combined with the Order of the Garter, the badge of the Imperial Russian Order of St. George, the Imperial Russian Medal for the Turkish Campaign 1828-1829, and the badge of the Royal Order of the Crown of Württemberg; cloud and sky background
signed in pencil 'Winberg' (mid-right)
oval, 4 1/8 in. (106 mm.) high, stamped gilt-metal mount
Acquired in 1927 in St-Petersburg by the father of the present owner for 100 Rubels.
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