A MIKHAIL LERMONTOV AUTOGRAPH SILVER BEAKER CAUCASUS, 1837

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A MIKHAIL LERMONTOV AUTOGRAPH SILVER BEAKER CAUCASUS, 1837 Cylindrical, depicting a portrait of Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), with his facsimile signature underneath, the body chased with a Russian inscription in verse To my dear friend Sviatoslav Raevski / I am here because I wrote about the death of a much-loved poet / In my soul I exalt and am proud despite Petersburg society / I have been a guest here before / My majestic and beloved Caucasus enchants me / I send you this beaker with my portrait on it / Taste the nectar from it and be sure of my regard / 5 July 1837, apparently unmarked , together with a silver repoussé bowl decorated with images of Georgian musicians and dancers, Tiflis, 1874 , and a silver beaker, Moscow, 1796 The beaker, 3 in. (7.5 cm.) high and smaller 11.96 oz. (371.4 gr.)