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BOX WITH MEDAL OF NICHOLAS I

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BOX WITH MEDAL OF NICHOLAS I

Made by: Aleksandr Lialin

On view in: Icon Room


About this object

The body of this presentation box and the medal of Nicholas I at the center of its cover are made of platinum. The rest of the applied decoration is executed in red, yellow, pink, and white gold. The use of platinum coincided with the excitement generated by the discoveries of platinum mines in the Ural Mountains in 1814. Iogan Keibel, who produced numerous objects for the coronation of Nicholas I, was among the earliest goldsmiths in Russia to work in platinum.

The body of the box is made of platinum, while the allover decoration of leaves, flowers, and scrolls is executed in red, yellow, green, pink, and white gold. A medallion in the center of the box's bottom encloses a cluster of flowers carved in five-colored gold, with a floral ornament surrounding it. A platinum medal with the profile of Nicholas I serves as the box's main decoration. It is a copy of a medal that was designed by Vladimir Alekseev (1784-1832) and struck at the St. Petersburg Mint for the coronation of Nicholas I in 1826. The medal is signed and bears an inscription. Acanthus border around the medallion is in red gold and leaf edge in yellow gold.

Category:
goldwork
Object name:
BOX WITH MEDAL OF NICHOLAS I
Made from:
Gold -- platinum
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1826
Size:
2.5 × 6.4 × 9.5 cm (1 × 2 1/2 × 3 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
11.40
Class:
GOLD
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION around the edge: in Cyrillic: B.M. Nikolai I, Imperator i samoderzhets vseross:- By the Grace of God Nikolai I Emperor and Autocrat of All Russia; on the botton of the profile: in Cyrillic: A. Lial. Kop. (for Alexander Lialin copied (?)
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"