• Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Pa auction at Christies

    Sale 7677

    Galerie Popoff: An Enduring Passion for Russian Art

    12 - 13 October 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 168

    A porcelain plate

    CHINA, 1770-1790

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    A porcelain plate
    China, 1770-1790
    Circular, the centre painted with the Imperial double-headed eagle with the attributes of Imperial power, a crown, orb, sceptre, and the chain of the Order of St Andrew in gilt, the outer border with open work, moulded lattice border and fine gilt additional border, the inner border painted with an intertwining dark blue ribbon and a garland of stems, leaves and multi-coloured flowers
    10 1/8 in. (25.7 cm.) diameter

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    The decoration of this plate features the most popular ornamental motifs of 18th century European porcelain and is executed in the famille rose palette.

    The geometric openwork around the border appears in many Chinese porcelain pieces from the 1760s. The exact date of this plate, as well as the story behind its commission, is unknown. However, it is likely that it formed part of a larger set of openwork plates.

    A soup plate with the same decoration may be found in the Hillwood Museum in Washington. See:
    M. C. Ross, Russian Porcelains, Washington D.C., 1968, p.411, pl. 139.

    A similar plate with a pierced border, from the collection of G. A. H. Bausman, can be found in the Gevin-Ghiklopen Museum in Amsterdam. See: G. A. H. Bausman, 'Commissioned armorial plates in Netherlands and Russia: Cultural connections and political intrigues', Pinakoteka. Volumes 24-23, 2007.

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    Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 197.