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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 191

    A Porcelain Plate


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    A Porcelain Plate
    by the Gardner Porcelain Factory, Moscow, circa 1820
    Circular, the centre painted with a multi-coloured minitaure depicting the Imperial park and a lake with a sailing vessel with the Andreevskii flag in the foreground and the Catherine Palace in the background, the gilt body of the plate with a continuous ciselé leaf garland border, the rim decorated with large gilt beads, marked under base with impressed Cyrillic signature 'Gardner' beneath the image of Andrew First Called
    8 in. (20.5 cm.) diameter

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    The palace's existence is owed to three of its magnificent owners, the Empresses Catherine I, Elizabeth Petrovna and Catherine II. Many distinguished architects worked on the Imperial residence, beginning from 1718. However, the leading and definitive role in the creation of this unique building lay with the architect Francesco Bartholomeo Rastrelli, who from 1752 to 1756 under Elizabeth Petrovna, headed and drove the project until its completion.

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