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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 118

    A Porcelain Plate


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    A Porcelain Plate
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1840-1841
    Circular, with scalloped rim, the blue overglaze body decorated with a white ground cartouche painted in the centre with the gilt monogram 'A' beneath the gilt Imperial Russian crown detailed with red and grey, framed within stylized white and gilt scrolls, the blue body with gilt and white scrolls spreading out from the gilt rim, marked under base with dark blue Cyrillic monogram 'N I' beneath the Imperial Russian crown and overglaze with dark blue 'No. 32.'
    9 7/8 in. (25.1 cm.) diameter

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    Intended for the Farm Palace in the Alexandria Park in Peterhoff, the Banqueting Service with the monogram 'A' was completed 1840-1841 upon the order of Nicholas I for his elder son and heir to the throne, the Grand Duke Alexander, the future Tsar Alexander II. The Service included dinner, dessert and tea sets, intended for a hundred and twenty five people, the entire Service amounting to 3300 pieces.
    Additional pieces were produced after the coronation of the Emperor Alexander II and replacements continued to be produced.
    The present lot is one of the original pieces.
    See: Anne Odom, Russian Imperial Porcelain at Hillwood, Washington, D.c., 1999, pp. 73-75, fig. 57.

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