27 November 2013
IMPERIAL PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS I (1825-1855), CIRCA 1844
Diameter 24 cm.
Related literature: For similar works, see V.V. Znamenov (ed.), Imperatorskiy farforovyi zavod. 1744–1904, St Petersburg, Global View, 2008, pp. 392–399.
The cavetto painted with classicizing figure of a priestess with antique ornaments in black on a terracotta ground, the border with a continuous anthemion chain,with blue Imperial cipher for Nicholas I under base.
The plates (lots 424 and 425) belong to some of the most famous objects made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory during the historicism movement and as such, are rare and exceptional collectors’ pieces. Dating from the 1840s, they display the outstanding craftsmanship that had been achieved in Russia by the 1830s and are an exquisite example of the Etruscan style – one of the first Russian “neo” styles. The decoration exemplifies the fascination of this époque with antiquity, but instead of directly quoting ancient sources, the artists re-interpreted the antique fashion in a new way.
The Etruscan service (lot 425) which consisted of a set “for breakfast and high tea” for forty eight persons and a tea and coffee service for twenty four persons was made in 1844 for the Tsaritsyno Pavilion in Peterhof, built by Stakenschneider for the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna in the fashionable Pompeian style.
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