• Russian Art auction at Christies

    Sale 2308

    Russian Art

    23 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 179

    A Porcelain Plate from the Tsar Nicholas I Service

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

    Price Realised  

    A Porcelain Plate from the Tsar Nicholas I Service
    By the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I
    Circular, with gilt scalloped rim, the center painted with the badge of the Order of Saint Andrew on white ground, the blue border decorated with the badges of the Orders of Saint George, Saint Alexander Nevsky, Saint Vladimir, the White Eagle, Saint Stanislaus and Saint Anne within gilt shaped cartouches, marked under base with blue underglaze factory mark
    11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) diameter


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    The present lot is an addition to a sixty-two piece dessert service by Coalport that was commissioned in 1845 by Queen Victoria to commemorate the state visit of Nicholas I to England in 1844. Nicholas later commissioned the Imperial Porcelain Factory to produce an additional one hundred twenty-four pieces to be used at great banquets at His Majesty's private table. Following the Revolution, some pieces from this service were sold by the Narkomat of Foreign Trade.

    Provenance

    Laurence A. Steinhardt, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, acquired during his tenure 1939-1941.
    By descent through the family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE STEINHARDT-SHERLOCK TRUST