23 April 2010,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 40,000
Estimate USD 10,000 - USD 15,000
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.
Laurence A. Steinhardt, United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, acquired during his tenure 1939-1941.
By descent through the family.
PROPERTY OF THE STEINHARDT-SHERLOCK TRUST