1926. Original bronze bust of Lenin, done by well-known sculptor Sergei Merkurov. Bust measures 24.25? tall, 15.5? wide, and 12? deep, weighs approximately 150 pounds, and was cast from metal taken from church bells. This particular statue was made at the Gosizdat factory in Moscow in 1926, a short time after Leninâs death, was and approved by the Central Committee of the USSR. Impressed on the reverse of the bust, in Russian, is âGIZ Factory Moscow 1926, No. 17,â indicating it was cast in 1926 at the State Publishing House Factory based on Model 17. In fine condition, with an untouched patina. Accompanied by a translated expert conclusion from Victor Kuznetsoff at the State Historical Museum in Russia, as well as an original description in Russian from the original owner of the bust, a Russian expatriate. Offered together with Nikita Khrushchev, Typed Letter Signed, "N. Khrushchev," as First Secretary of the Communist Party of Ukraine, 1 page, 8" x 11.25", [Kiev], January 18, 1948 in Russian to The Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine concerning the 24th anniversary of the death of Lenin. Additionally dated in Khrushchev's hand. File holes and minor losses along left margin do not affect text, contemporary ink stamps and notations, light creases, else very good.Sergei Merkurov (1881-1952), was a renowned sculptor and monumentalist, whose works include the three largest Stalin monuments in the country, as well as the larger statue of Lenin which resided for decades in Red Square. This impressive bust was made from church bells (bronze with silver added) removed during the Bolshevikâs anti-religious campaign in 1922, which saw the destruction of thousands of churches and the deaths of tens of thousands of citizens. A very rare relic from the former communist country, where their leaders were idolized in impressive fashion. Oversized.Khrushchev's letter, which accompanies the bust reads, in full (translated): "During the performance of mass political work in line with the 24th anniversary of the date of death of Vladimir Ilich Lenin, the Central Committee (CC) of the CP(b)U proposes that the resolution of the CC of the VKP(b) dated January 17, 1948, be followed, paragraphs 1, 2, 4, and 5 of which we are sending you." (Inventory #: 57926)
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