Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts Plundered

The Ural region branch of the Federal Culture and Mass Media Supervision Agency reports that several art castings were stolen from the Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts on March 17. Here is the description of the lost items.

1. Letterpress «The Mourner». (A figure of a knelt woman in a chiton embracing a funeral urn. Decorated along the perimeter with a flower ornament.) Ironworks and mechanical factory in Verkhny Iset. Cast in crude iron between 1814 and 1820 after a model of the early XIX century. 9.7 x 12.6 x 7.7 cm. Inventory No 3249. No marks.

2. Relief «Portrait of the Emperor Nicolas I». Ironworks and mechanical factory in Verkhny Iset. Cast in crude iron between 1826 and 1830 after an 1826 model from the Prussian Royal foundry in Berlin. 26.8 И 21.7 И 1.7 cm. Inventory No 9. No marks.

The rectangular relief represents a man against a balustrade with a column and flying banners. The man wears a military uniform with epaulettes and a wide ribbon across the right shoulder, an order around his neck and two orders at the left side of his chest. On the background there is a medallion depicting Themis with a pair of scales in her hand and a bird sitting on top of the medallion. The image is enclosed in a rectangular frame decorated with big palmettos at its sides and two ornament belts.

3. Relief «Portrait of the Empress Alexandra Fedorovna». Ironworks and mechanical factory in Verkhny Iset. Cast in crude iron between 1826 and 1830 after an 1826 model from the Prussian Royal foundry in Berlin. 26.9 И 22.0 И 1.9 cm. Inventory No 10. No marks.

The image is decorated with four roses. The Empress wears a low dress with puffs, a wide ribbon across the right shoulder and three beads. The relief portrait is enclosed in a rectangular frame decorated with big palmettos at its sides and two ornament belts.

4. Relief «Diana». The relief represents a young woman at a grass meadow leading a lion and a sheep on a leash. Ironworks in Kuvshinsk. Cast between 1813 and 1815 after a model from the Prussian Royal foundry (made by a renowned Austrian sculptor Leonard Posch (1750–1831) in 1804 after an Italian original. 15.4 И 9.3 И 1.1 cm. Inventory No 212. No marks.

5. Medallion «Count P. Vitgenstein». Relief side-face image of a man in a military uniform with epaulettes and high collar, a ribbon with a cross, two orders on the chest and a cross around the neck. Ironworks in Kuvshinsk. Cast after a model in 1813. Diameter 10.4 cm. Inventory No 2008. On the obverse there is an inscription «Count P. Vitgenstein», «1813» in italics and two crossed hammers.

6. Ashtray «Baron». Ironworks in Nizhny Iset. Cast in the late XIX–early XX century after a West-European model of XIX century. Diameter 14.0 cm. Inventory No 3253. Mark: ойу:ъ.

The deep ashtray on three cone-shaped legs is decorated with a relief image of a bearded man wearing a hat with plumes.

If you possess any information about the present location of these items, please inform the Ural region branch of the Federal Culture and Mass Media Supervision Agency (Ekaterinburg, Pervomayskaya Street, 104. Tel, fax: +7 (343) 374 3010, 374 8976, e-mail: uraldep@rosohrancult.ru) or the
«Antiq.Info» magazine.

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