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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 106

    A Pair Of Porcelain Vases From The Property Of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna


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    A Pair Of Porcelain Vases From The Property Of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, circa 1860
    Each spherical with a tall tapering neck and flared rim, on conforming foot, the lilac ground body decorated with six white ground cartouches, framed within multi-coloured flowers, the neck decorated with three cartouches, each cartouche containing a multi-coloured butterfly, dragonfly or bee, the foot, rim and moulded band on the lower neck all gilt, each marked under base with dark green underglaze Curillic monogram 'A II' beneath the Imperial Russian crown
    Each 11¾ in. (30 cm.) high, 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) wide at the body, 4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) diameter of the top, 5 in. (12.7 cm.) diameter of the base (2)

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    By repute, the present pair of vases were the property of Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna, the third child of Nicholas I. Olga was born in St Petersburg on the 30th August 1822. On the 26th July 1846 she married Prince Carl Würtemberg. Since they did not have any children, the majority of her dowry, including her belongings, were bequeathed to her relatives and closest friends. The Grand Duchess Olga died on the 30th October 1892 and was buried in the Old Palace of Stuttgart.

    For a similar pair of vases made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory from the same period, also from the Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna's property, see: the 56th auction 'Herman Historica Munchen', 10th October 2008, lot 1038.

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