• Centuries of Style: Silver, Eu auction at Christies

    Sale 7800

    Centuries of Style: Silver, European Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures and Gold Boxes

    17 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 177

    A MEISSEN PLATE FROM THE PRINCE ORLOV SERVICE

    CIRCA 1770, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AND DOT MARK, PRESSNUMMER 32

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    A MEISSEN PLATE FROM THE PRINCE ORLOV SERVICE
    CIRCA 1770, BLUE CROSSED SWORDS AND DOT MARK, PRESSNUMMER 32
    The central martial trophy including a yellow-tasselled blue flag with the Imperial double-headed eagle, the border with puce bouquets and flower-sprays centred above by a gilt monogram THO below a black eagle and enclosed by the blue ribbon of the Order of St. Andrew woven around gilt foliage and surmounted by a gilt crown, waved gilt dentil rim (minute scratches to centre, some slight wear to rim)
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 cm.) wide


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    Count Gregorii Orlov (1734-1783) was a Russian military officer who fought in the Seven Years' War. While being stationed in St. Petersburg as an artillery officer he met Grand Duke Peter (later Tsar Peter III) and his wife, Catherine, whose lover Orlov became in the 1760s. After Peter ascended the throne in 1762, Orlov and his brother, Count Aleksey Orlov, planned the coup d'état that overthrew Peter and made Catherine Empress of Russia. After the event, Catherine raised him to the rank of count and made him general-in-chief until he fell from favour in the 1770s.

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