• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 380

    A PORCELAIN DINNER PLATE FROM THE RAPHAEL SERVICE

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF ALEXANDER III

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    A PORCELAIN DINNER PLATE FROM THE RAPHAEL SERVICE
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander III
    Circular, the centre decorated with a grisaille mermaid on a red ground in a hexagonal frame, on white ground, surrounded by the border of classical-style friezes with three red ground roundels, three cream ground interjections and six stylized panels, at intervals, within gilt banding, the panels with raised beading, decorated with monochrome mythical, stylized and realistic animals, gilt rim and foot, marked under base with a large crowned gilt cypher 'A III' highlighted with red and gilt '1890.'
    9¼ in. (24.2 cm.) diameter


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    Commissioned in 1893 for the palace at Tsarkoe Selo, the Raphael Service was the largest and most important service produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory during the reign of Alexander III (1881-1894). The designs were conceived from Raphael's frescoes in the loggias of the Vatican, which were subsequently reproduced in the Winter Palace by Quarenghi during the reign of Catherine the Great. The project was overseen by the chief of the workshop of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, Leonard Schaufelberger and the designs were personally approved by Emperor Alexander III.

    Finally completed in 1903, the service comprised fifty place settings. In 1904 it was transferred to the Anichkov Palace for use by the Empress Maria Feodorovna.
    For plates from the same service see G. Agarkova and N. Petrovna, 250 Years of Lomonosov Porcelain Manufacture in St Petersburg, 1774-1994, Disentis, 1994. pp. 21, 59, 61, and 79; Anne Odom, Russian Imperial Porcelain at Hillwood, Washington D.C., 1999. pp. 92-93

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