An excellent antique portrait miniature on ivory of a Russian Infantry Colonel, 1820, set in the original gilt metal pendant frame.
Height of the miniature 2 3/8 in. (6 cm).
The Colonel is depicted in the 1816-type uniform decorated with Order of St. Anna 2nd class with diamonds, Order of St Vladimir 4th class, silver medal on blue ribbon for the 1812 campaign against Napoleon, and blue cross of the Prussian Order “Pour le Merite”.
It is a rather standard combination of awards for a high-ranked officer of that period.
For similar award groups on portrait miniatures see
“Portrait Miniature XVIII-XIX Century from the Collection of the State Pushkin Museum”, Moscow, 1997.
“Portrait Miniature in Russia XVIII-early XX Century from the State Hermitage Collection”, Leningrad , 1986. Nr. 134 (identical award group and the same placing on uniform).
Signed (in Greek) Maroules, and dated 1820.
Original silk and paper backings.
Original glass. The back glass is cracked.