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    Repoussé Silver-Plated Copper Portrait of Catherine the Great
    Circa 1770, signed JB Nini F after an original terracotta by Jean Baptiste Nini (1717-86)

    Circular in the form of a portrait medallion, depicting the bust of Catherine the Great, facing right, the silver insignia E II (Ekaterina II) in Russian for Empress Catherine II (r. 1762-1796), below Romanov crown mounted separately above, both mounted on a rectangular red velvet frame within silvered outer border-the central portrait-6 1/2 in. diam.; the frame-11 x 9 3/8 in.

    Catherine II "the Great" (1729-1796)

    Fully deserving the epithet "Great", the former Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst remains one of the most remarkable figures in Russia's colorful past. The correspondent of some of the Age of Reason's brightest minds, conqueror of vast new lands, and coquette of gallant guardsmen, Empress Catherine II was the archetypal enlightened despot. The three decades of her rule at the eighteenth century's close completed the westward journey on which Peter the Great had set Russia in its opening years.

    Literature:
    For an original medallion of Catherine the Great by Nini, see, lot 214, Catalogue des Tableaux, Dessins, Aquarelles, Gouaches, Objects d'Art et d'ameublement du XVIIème Siècle composant La collection de Mr. Gustave Mühlbacher (Paris, 1907), Galerie George Petit, 8 Rue de Sèze, Paris.

    Provenance:
    Purchased from A la Vieille Russie


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    Auction Dates
    April, 2008
    24th Thursday
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