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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 185

    A porcelain plaque depicting The Turkish Drawing Room at Tsarskoe Selo

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, PERIOD OF ALEXANDER III, WITH INCISED NUMBER 4028

    Price Realised  

    A porcelain plaque depicting The Turkish Drawing Room at Tsarskoe Selo
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, period of Alexander III, with incised number 4028
    Rectangular, the painting inscribed in Cyrillic lower right 'A. Morozov', marked on reverse
    10 5/8 x 13¼ in. (27 x 33.6 cm.)


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    The Turkish Drawing Room was the most picturesque of Alexander II's appartments, conceived after a design by Monighetti. The room, in which the Emperor arranged a large collection of weapons from Egypt, Turkey and Persia was lavishly decorated in the Middle-eastern style with the fountain in the middle and verses from Koran painted on the doors and windows. For an illustration of the watercolour by P. de Steinmüller, circa 1860, see:
    I. P. Sautov, E. Ducamp et., Imperial Palaces in the vicinity of St. Petersburg, Tsarskoe Selo, Watercolours, paintings and engravings from the 18-19th centuries, Paris, 1992, no. 28, pp. 70-71 illustrated.
    Wolf notes A. Morozov as an excellent colourist. See N. B. von Wolf, Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1744-1904, St. Petersburg, 2003, p. 237.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Christie's London, 27 April 1990, lot 178.