Vasily Yakovlevich Grachev (1831 -1905) St. Petersburg, Russia. The artist was the main competitor to E. Lanceray. He stopped modelling after E. Lanceray’s death in 1886. Both of them together made a realy great input to the Russian sculptural art by competing and inspiring each other during the period of 1873 – 1886. Used to cast all his works at Woerffel foundry, but there are five other models known marked NIKOLAEV.. His works were never cast in France or any other country in Europe, just one of his late and important works was sold to USA with full rights for further casting.
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