12 - 13 October 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 8,750
Estimate GBP 8,000 - GBP 12,000
A porcelain cup and saucer with a portrait of Empress Catherine II
by the Royal Berlin Porcelain Factory, 1780s
Cylindrical, the cobalt-blue body decorated with a vermiculating gilt pattern, one side painted en grisaille with a bust portrait of Empress Catherine II, facing right, inscribed 'CATHARINA.II.IMPERAT.RUSS.', within a reserve with gilt ciselé border, the circular saucer with similarly decorated border and the centre painted en grisaille with a military trophy, marked under base with blue underglaze sceptres
The cup 2¼ in. (5.9 cm.) high
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For a similar cup with a portrait of the Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich in the collection of the State Hermitage, see N. I. Kazakevich, Western-European Porcelain in the Hermitage. The story of the Collection, St. Petersburg, 2003, p. 164.
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Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 236.