A Russian gilt-bronze table bell in the form of the 'Tsarskii Kolokol'

likely Moscow, 19th century

Finely cast, detailed, and chased, in the form of the 'Tsarskii Kolokol' now in the Kremlin, the Cross surmounting an orb and pierced mount, the bell below with the broken piece outlined in cast; the interior lip of the bell finely engraved in Russian: "Otlit' v' 1733 g. vysom' 480,000 Funtov'. Vyshina 20 Funtov' 7 dyumov." (Cast in 1733, the weight 480,000 Funt. Height 20 Funt, 7 Diuim.)

H: 5 3/4 in.


Property of a Drexel Hill gentleman
Estimate $800-1,200

A related model on a malachite base is in the collection of the Hillwood Museum, Washington, DC, Inv. No. 14.238.1-2. Another was exhibited in the exhibition Last Days of the Last Tsar at the Foundation of Russian History, Jordanville, New York (acc. no. 18.2007).

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Sold for $625 (buyer's premium included)