The cameo in jasper, featuring the late 18th century portrait of Catherine the Great as Minerva, is mounted on a malachite ground within an early 17th century gilt bronze frame and set with emeralds. The cameo is attributed to the Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna, St. Petersburg. The Grand Duchess, née Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg and second wife of the Emperor Paul I of Russia, the son of Empress Catherine II, was skilled in creating cameos and objects in ivory and amber which she enjoyed presenting as gifts. The cameo is part of the exhibits at the London Art Week (LAW) that will be held from July 4-11. The interesting cameo is one of several works with a Russian link, as 2014 is the UK-Russia year of cultural exchange and collaboration. Launched last year, the LAW is the platform that unites Master Drawings and Sculpture Week and Master Paintings Week. This collaboration draws in nearly fifty specialist dealers across the fine art disciplines and three major London auction houses.
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