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    Sale 7598

    Russian Art

    11 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 348

    A Porcelain Table Mirror


    Price Realised  


    A Porcelain Table Mirror
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I
    Of pear-shape with green-ground frame with richly gilded foliate scrolls and rocaille borders, embellished with garlands of colourful moulded flowers, the lower border with a rococo cartouche enclosing a painted bouquet of flowers on gilt and white ground, apparently unmarked
    39 in. (99 cm.) high
    The reverse of the mirror with indistinct inventory label 'K.G.L. Marienburg. In. N. 486/L....'

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    Marienburg Schloss was the summer residence of King George V of Hannover (1819-1878), grandson of King George III of The United Kingdom, and his wife, Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg (1818-1907).

    Three Imperial Porcelain mirrors, made to the design of Aleksandr Novikov (b. 1793), are recorded, one in 1845, made for the Imperial Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, another made in 1847, for Peterhof, which remains in the Peterhof Collection. The third mirror, produced in 1855 was probably the present example. Woolf suggests this was a gift to 'Princess of the Netherlands', probably Wilhelmina Marie Sophie (1824-1897), grand-daughter of Paul I and Maria Feodorovna, who married Karl, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1818-1901).

    (see N. Woolf, The Imperial Porcelain Factory 1744-1904, St. Petersburg, 2003 edition, p. 205 and colour illustration.)

    The moulded flowers produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory were considered to be of the highest quality, much admired by those at the Sèvres Porcelain Works. See also an Imperial Porcelain vase with similar exquisite floral moulded decoration and a similar mirror from the period of Nicholas I.
    (A. K. Lanceray, Russian Porcelain The art of the First Russian Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, 1968, p.25, pl. 150-151 and 168.)

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    Property from The House of Hannover, Sotheby's, Schloss Marienburg, Nortstemmen, 5-15 October 2005, lot 2770.