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    Sale 7461

    Russian Works of Art Including The Rothschild Fabergé Egg

    28 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 111

    A porcelain Military plate


    Price Realised  


    A porcelain Military plate
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I, 1829
    Circular, the centre painted with officers from the Imperial Guard Hussar Regiment, by N. Kornilov, within gilt band, the border gilt with ciselé Imperial eagles and military trophies, inscribed officier Supérieur et Subalterne du Régt. des Hussards de la Garde., signed in Cyrillic and marked under base
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) diameter

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    The Imperial Porcelain Factory first produced a series of plates with military scenes after the end of the Napoleonic wars, and continued to make them until the reign of Nicholas II. Those produced during the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855) are without doubt the finest produced by the factory, and they clearly reflect Russia's military society in which the Tsar and members of the Imperial family were the main figures.

    These plates produced during the reign of Nicholas I are taken from the lithographs published in the book Sobrannie mundirov rossiiskoi imperatorskoi armii [Collection of Uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army] of 1830, which reproduced drawings by Fedorov, Aleksandrov and Belousov. Later versions of these plates by the Imperial Porcelain Factory did not achieve the same level of quality in the gilt and ciselé borders.

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