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Silhouette of Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia (1759–1828)

Date:
1797
Culture:
Russian
Medium:
Verre églomisé, silver gilt
Dimensions:
Diameter (sight): 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass-Painted
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Martin, 1938
Accession Number:
38.145.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
Empress Maria Feodorovna (1759–1828), born Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg, was the second wife of the ill-fated Czar Paul I. It is perhaps the exquisite taste of this great patroness of decorative arts that encouraged production of verre églomisé in Russia. It became so widely popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that even cabinetmakers did not hesitate to incorporate it in Russian furniture. This medallion celebrates the empress's coronation on April 16, 1797.
Inscription: Around border, in gold on black, in Cyrillic: МАРИІ. ӨЕОΔО: ИМПЕР: 1797

Marking: On back of frame, all enclosed within oval: [1] З.K.; [2] 84, woman's head to left and ИЛ (Russian guaranty mark for silver since 1861)
[ A La Vieille Russie , Paris, until 1923; sold to Martin ] ; Mary Martin (1923–38; bequeathed to MMA)
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