RUSSIAN EARLY 19TH CENTURY, "Portrait of Alexander I," oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 32 1/2 in. (64.1 x 82.6 cm.). Special markings and stamps: There are two markings and one stamp on the back of the canvas. The first marking reads in Cyrillic "H.C. 1308", the second marking reads "P.98-66". The stamp reads in Latin, "#5655, May 10, 1989, Santiago, Chile." This painting was painted before 1805 based on the fact that Alexander I is present only with the order of St. George (of fourth degree, the lowest) and one order of St. Andrew (Andrey Pervozvanny). PROVENANCE: Possibly the Great Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanov (cousin of the emperor Nicolas II), as of 1905; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, as of 1921; A la Vielle Russe, New York, as of 1970. LITERATURE: "Portraits Russes des XVIIIe et XIX siecles," Edition du Grand-Duc Nicolas Mikhailovitch, 1908, St. Petersburg, Manufacture des papiers de l`etat, Volume 4; "The Horizon History of Russia", by Ian Grey and the editors of the Horizon Magazine, American Heritage Publishing Co.,Inc., New York, 1970 (this painting is illustrated on page 231); "The Cathedral of St.Peter and St. Paul: The Burial Place of the Russian Imperial Family", 1998, Liki Rossii Publishing House, St. Petersburg, Russia; "The Age of Napoleon," by Christopher Herold, Horizon Magazine, American Heritage Publishing Co. Inc, New York, 1963 (this painting is illustrated on page 344); This painting was shown in "Napoleon," part III, by David Grubin, a documentary by PBS. ---------- Please note: 1) We manually approve each bidder. If you do not receive an email from liveauctioneers after signing up that you have been approved to bid, you have not yet been approved, and you will not be allowed to leave absentee bids or participate live. Please contact us if you have not been approved and feel that this is in error. 2) Ebay allows you to bid live in real time on this item or leave an absentee bid. If you are placing an absentee bid via ebay, you should make sure to check the bidding history of the lot on which you are bidding up until several hours to the sale. If your bidder id is not at the top of the list, your absentee bid has been outbid by another bidder. Ebay will disable the absentee bidding for this item approximately one or two hours before the start of the Auction. After that you can still watch and bid during the live auction. 3) Ebay starting and ending times for this auction DO NOT represent the actual time this lot will appear live and be available for bidding. This auction starts at Lot 1 at 10:00 AM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday, April 17, 2008, and we usually go about 50-60 lots an hour, so please plan accordingly. 4) Please also make sure to read the shipment and payment information below. Thank you.