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    Sale 2162

    Russian Art

    24 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    A Green Glass Goblet from a Banquet Service

    IMPERIAL GLASS WORKS, ST. PETERSBURG, 19TH CENTURY

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    A Green Glass Goblet from a Banquet Service
    Imperial Glass Works, St. Petersburg, 19th century
    The lobed ovoid glass bowl centering a colored and gilt foil insert depicting the crowned initial 'A' on an ermine mantling, on a faceted stem and shaped circular foot, unmarked
    4½ in. (10.5 cm.) high


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    The so-called Banquet Services produced by the Imperial Glass Works typically carried monograms of members of the Imperial family. The decoration, based on a French technique of encasing a sheet of enameled gold foil between layers of glass, was first used by the factory in a service presented in 1824 to Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna by the future Emperor Nicholas I. This service became the model for any number of similar services produced by the factory until the 1880s. Although a number of these Banquet Services has been identified, many more await further research.