• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 336

    A Porcelain Military Plate

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS I, 1834

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    A Porcelain Military Plate
    By the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Nicholas I, 1834
    Circular, the centre painted with officers and soldiers of the Pavlovsky Guard Regiment, within a gilt cavetto and border, with ciselé Imperial eagles and military trophies, the reverse inscribed 'Sous-Officier et Soldat du Rt. de la Garde Pavlofsky', marked, dated and signed 'N. Yakovlev.' in Cyrillic under base
    9 3/8 in. (23.8 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 riegn of Nicholas II. Those produced during the riegn 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 Collection of Uniforms of the Imperial Russian Army [Sobranie mundirov rossiiskoi imperatorskoi armii] 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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