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    Sale 7560

    Furniture and Carpets Including Two Private Collections

    24 January 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 181

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS VASES

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE CUT-GLASS LATER

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF RUSSIAN ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS VASES
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY, THE CUT-GLASS LATER
    Each with faceted body and flared neck with palmette-cast rim, flanked by swan neck handles issuing from pine-cone and acanthus-cast bodies, the waisted socle with a circular spreading base cast with flower-head paterae, above a faceted cylindrical base and square plinth mounted with ribbon-tied wreaths, regilt, the square plinth associated
    15¾ in. (40 cm.) high (2)


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    Intriguingly called 'Russian stone', and famed for the clarity of the glass, mirror-like polish and skillful faceting, glassware from the Imperial Glass Factory was unrivalled during the Russian Empire period. A pair of related vases are in the State History Museum, Moscow, and are illustrated in A. Gaydamak, Russian Empire, Moscow/Paris, 2000, p. 84. The principal designer of the Imperial glass factory between 1819 and 1848 was Ivan Ivanov, who was responsible for most of the designs for coloured glass or crystal items executed for the Imperial family (N. Thon (ed.), St. Petersburg urn 1800, Recklinghausen, 1990, pp. 395 and 398, no. 344).

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