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ROUND BOX SET WITH A MEDAL OF CATHERINE II

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ROUND BOX SET WITH A MEDAL OF CATHERINE II

Made by: Samoila Iudin

Currently in storage


About this object

The cover is set with a medal of Catherine the Great; on the front are her bust, an inscription identifying her as Empress Catherine the Second, and the artist's signature. On the back of medal is a myrtle branch penetrating a laurel wreath and insciption honoring the August 3, 1790 peace with Sweden above and beneath. On the underside of the box is the Cyrillic monogram RKM with a laurel wreath. Below it is a garland of palm of laurel with a bow. A border of laurel leaves intertwined with ribbon in niello frames the medal on the top of the box; a similar border of flowers and leaves frames the monogram on the bottom. The sides are decorated with a striped design in niello and the interior is gilded.

Category:
niellos
Object name:
ROUND BOX SET WITH A MEDAL OF CATHERINE II
Made from:
Silver -- niello -- gilding
Made in:
Veliky Ustyug, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1800
Size:
8.9 cm (3 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
13.119.1-2
Class:
NIELLO
Signature marks:
MARK: 84; city mark (not very clear); A ? foe essayer (A.T.(?) for Aleksei Ivanov Torlov, essayer 1768-1809) / 180?; Ya. M in Cyrillic for workmaster Moiseev Yakov (1779-1811) [this particular mark Yakov Moiseev used at the end of the 18th -beginning 19th c.] MONOGRAM: RKM in Cyrillic INSCRIPTION: on the top B. (Bozh'yei) M. (Milost'yu) Ekaterina II Imperatritsa i samoderzhitsa Bserossiiskaya (By the Grace of God Catherine II Empress and Ruler of All Russia; underneath the bust: ...DIN in Cyrillic (probably for Yudin Samoila) [front of the medal] INSCRIPTION: Sosedstvennyi i vechnyi ( Neighbouring and Eternal) [back of the medal, top] Mir so Schvetsieii zaklyuchen3 avgusta 1790 goda (Peace with Sweden is signed August 3 year 1790); small letter B in Cyrillic above the dividing line stands for the mark of P.Bobrovschikov, medalist who struck the reverse side of the medal [back of the medal, bottom] Yudin copied a type of Catherine 's portait created by E.Eger. Most popular medal punches were reused in combination with different reverse images. Eger's type of Catherine's portrait eas widely used by Yudin as well as by T.Ivanov. / Reverse side of the medal is a copy of the medal designed by I. Gass.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1769)"