Information about Abraham Avenirovich Griliches

Abraham Avenirovich Griliches (1852 - 24 April 1912)

Abraham Avenirovich Griliches (Russian: Авраам Авенирович Грилихес) was a Russian engraver. The son of engraver Avenir Girshevich Griliches, he was born in 1852 (or 1849) in Wilna (or Vilna - now Vilnius in Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire). Educated at the Wilna rabbinical school, he graduated from the Wilna School of Designs in 1869, and from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in 1876, when he was appointed engraver (later - senior engraver) to the Russian Imperial Mint.

He became a noted medalist. Among the medals he engraved may be mentioned those in commemoration of the deaths of Alexandra Feodorovna and Emperor Alexander II, the jubilee of Duke Nicholas Leuchtenberg, the catastrophe and miraculous survival of the Imperial family at the railroad station of Borki near Kharkov on 17 October 1888, and the 200th anniversary of the 65th Infantry Regiment of Moscow.

Griliches produced on onyx portraits of Baron Horace Günzburg, the Grand Duke Vladimir, the Grand Duchess Alexandra, Georgievna, the Emperor Nicholas II, Queen Louise of Denmark, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, and Emperor Alexander II. His exhibits were awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

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