Portrait of Tsar Alexander I in the original ormolu frame, by Bossi, circa 1805
Portrait of Tsar Alexander I in the original ormolu frame, by Bossi, circa 1805

JOHANN DOMINIK BOSSI Also known as DOMENICO BOSSI (1767-1853)

Portrait of Tsar Alexander I in the original ormolu frame, by Bossi, circa 1805

c. 1805 Russia

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Oval miniature portrait of Alexander I, by Domenico Bossi, painted on ivory. In a heavy, square ormolu frame of exceptional quality with suspension loop; a wide outer boarder with rose flowers and leaves in relief, the oval portrait set within a plain square field is flanked by a laurel and oak wreath and surmounted by the Russian Imperial crown.

Laurel and oak symbolise martial victory and wisdom, the rose love and beauty.

The most talented Russian bronziers who worked for the Imperial Court were Friedrich Bergenfeldt (1768-1822) and Andrei Schreiber (cf Igor Sychev, Russian Bronze, Moscow, 2002).
For a signed version of this portrait by Domenico Bossi see Istorija Rossii v portretakh. Chastnoe sobranie russkoj miniatjury kontsa XVII-XIX veka (История России в портретах. Частное собрание русской миниатюры конца XVII-XIX века), Sepherot Foundation, Moscow 2010, p. 145
Dimensions
Height 6.80 cm (2.68 inches)
Width 5.20 cm (2.05 inches)
External Height 14.90 cm (5.87 inches)
External Width 14.10 cm (5.55 inches)
External Depth 1.00 cm (0.39 inches)
Stock Code
FS188
Medium
Painted on ivory, ormolu (gilt bronze) frame
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