• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 329

    A Large Porcelain Vase


    Price Realised  


    A Large Porcelain Vase
    By the Gardner Factory, Moscow, circa 1830
    Of amphora form, with cylindrical neck and flared rim, the sides issuing foliate-moulded handles with lion's head terminals, one side of the body painted with an allegorical scene, the other with a village street scene, each within a gilt ciselé border, on a spreading socle and square base, marked under base with blue underglaze 'G' and impressed mark
    29½ in. (75 cm.) high

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    The present vase is similar in both form and decoration to two vases by the Gardner Factory, dated 1828-1829, preserved in the State Russian Museum, St Petersburg. See Porcelain in Russia: XVIII-XIX Centuries, Gardner Factory, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, 2003, pp. 186-189, illustrated.

    Founded in 1766 with the permission of Catherine the Great, the Gardner Factory in Verbilki is considered, together with the Imperial Porcelain Factory, as the precursor of porcelain in Russia. The present vase, circa 1830, shows the characteristics of the production of the factory: vernacular features of the ornamental painting with a classical European design. The scene depicted on the vase is probably by one of the artists working for the Gardner Factory. The allegorical scene could be a reference to Russian military history, probably under Catherine the Great. The knight could represent Russia liberating a foreign country depicting as a chained woman.

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