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Couple being married in front of a crowd of dignitaries
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Pair of vases and columns

late eighteenth century

RCIN 35444

In 1816, Nikolai Nikitich Demidov (1773–1828) encouraged Louis Carbonelle, a collaborator of Thomire, to encourage London society to purchase gilt-bronze mounted malachite furnishings. A similar pair, now at Versailles, were given by Alexander I to Napoleon I and a further pair furnish the Malachite Room ofthe Winter Palace. Two further columns are mentioned in an exchange of correspondence between Demidov and the Thomire workshop in 1823.

Acquired by George IV, c.1824

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