25 Mar 2015
Two Miniature Porcelain Figurines of an Ottoman Couple
POPOV MANUFACTORY, MOSCOW, 19TH CENTURY
Height of the woman 5 cm, of the man 5.5 cm.
with blue underglaze and impressed manufactory marks
Originally intended as scent bottles, such figurines in oriental dress became particularly fashionable in the 19th century. The artisans strove to authentically convey all the nuances of Еastern costumes, with their ornamental designs, patterns and accessories. These vessels, with their intricate moulded and painted decorations, were highly valued and remained the preserve of the aristocracy.
The offered pair is a direct miniature copy of larger figurines and is faithful to the academic principles of composition that were followed by professional sculptors and painters at Popov manufactory. The bright colours and decorative qualities of Popov miniatures ensured their popularity and high demand.
Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.