Catherine II, Empress of Russia, after Levitsky, late 18th Century.

With piled and powdered hair adorned with a laurel crown and jewelled tiara, wearing a white gown and a lace chemise, red ermine-lined cloak, with the chain and star of the Order of Saint Andrew and the sash of the Order of Saint George, diameter 7.8cm, heavy ormolu frame with projecting corners and garlanded wreath surmount.

Provenance: Lord St. Helens, to whom presented by the Empress in 1787 upon his departure from Russia as Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of Saint Petersburg; Henry, later 1st Marquess of Exeter, to whom given by the above, 1795.


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