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    Sale 7683

    A Rococo Fantasy Treasures from a Bavarian Collection

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 231

    A MEISSEN ARMORIAL MARRIAGE PLATE FROM THE ST. ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED SERVICE

    CIRCA 1744-45, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK AND PRESSNUMMER 16, RED HERMITAGE INVENTORY NUMBER

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    A MEISSEN ARMORIAL MARRIAGE PLATE FROM THE ST. ANDREW THE FIRST CALLED SERVICE
    CIRCA 1744-45, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARK AND PRESSNUMMER 16, RED HERMITAGE INVENTORY NUMBER
    Moulded with Gotzkowsky erhabene Blumen, the centre painted with a daffodil, pansy and other flowers, the border with the Imperial Russian crowned double-headed eagle and the Badge of the Order of St. Andrew and further vignettes of an orange lily and snow drops and a pink rose, the rim gilt with a diaper and egg and dart pattern border
    9½ in. (24.3 cm.) diam.


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    This service was given by the Saxon Elector Friedrich August II (King August III of Poland), to Elizabeth I Petrovna on the occasion of the marriage of her nephew, Grand Prince Peter Fedorovich, later Peter III, to Sophie-Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst, later Catherine II Alekseevna (Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia 1762-1796).

    Some 440 pieces of the service are listed in an inventory (dated 5th November 1745) of certain chattels belonging to the Imperial household of St. Petersburg. 145 pieces of this service are still in Hermitage. For other examples from this service see '18th Century Meissen porcelain, The Hoffmeister Collection' Catalogue Hamburg, 2000, Vol. II., p. 546, no. 363 and pp. 572-574. See also Ulrich Pietsch, Frühes Meissener Porzellan Sammlung Carabelli Munich, 2000, p. 264, no. 135, and Rainer Rückert, Meissener Porzellan, Munich, 1966, no. 482.

    The Order of St. Andrew, the highest of all Russian Imperial Orders, was founded in 1698 by Peter the Great, and the cross is a simplified version of the Order's badge; depicted without the black double-headed eagle that usually accompanies it, and St. Andrew is also depicted without a halo. The letters at each end of the cross, S, A, P and R are an abbreviation of Sanctus Andreas Patronus Russiae.

    The moulded Gotzkowsky erhabene Blumen decoration was first developed by J.F. Eberlein in 1741 for a service for the German merchant Gotzkowsky.

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    Provenance

    Given by King August III of Poland to Elizabeth I Petrovna on the marriage of Peter III to Catherine The Great
    Acquired from Reichert, Munich.