MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 25 March 2015

25 March 2015

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Two Biscuit Porcelain Bottle Stoppers

* 131.

Two Biscuit Porcelain Bottle Stoppers

800—1,200 GBP

Height of the dark haired one 9.5 cm, of the other 9 cm.

one with impressed manufactory mark

From the mid-19th century the Gardner factory set up the production, together with other practical objects, of such original items as bottle stoppers with porcelain faces. At the time these figurine stoppers were in great demand for their functionality and at the same time for their comic appearance. The models for their design were based on some of the most popular figurines produced by the factory. For example, one of the stoppers offered is made in the form of the head of a Jewish dealer, among the Gardner factory’s figurines made in the mid-19th century, is one of the rarest and most valued by collectors.

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.