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“Black Sea Cossack from Sevastopol 1854 and 1855”. Large Russian patinated bronze sculpture depicting a Russian soldier from the The Crimean War. Signed and dated I. Kovshenkov 1856 (in Cyrillic). Furthermore inscribed with the title in Cyrillic. H. 39 cm.
Ivan Fedorovich Kovshenkov was in the family of the well-known bronze engraver Fedor Kovshenkov, who influenced the boy's talent. He early assisted his father at the workshop and from 1835 he attended drawing classes at the Academy of Fine Arts. Soon he also studied in P. K. Klodt's workshop, assisted him creating monumental sculptures and graduated from the Arts Academy in 1852. He lived in St. Petersburg and worked as a genre sculptor making among others military officers potraits, historical and ethnographic people types and compositions depicting military history. He particpated in several exhibitions, e.g. in London, and today he is represented at among others in the State Tretyakov Gallery and the State Hermitage Museum.
The Crimean War 1853–1856 was a military conflict between Russia and the Ottoman Empire, France, Great Britain and Sardinia.
Provenance: Acquired by the present Danish owner from another Dane, who previous bought the sculpture in an antique shop in the 1990s in Murcia, Spain.
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Ivan Fedorovich Kovshenkov (b. St. Petersburg 1824, d. Holm, the Lublin Province in Poland 1868)