12 - 13 October 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 18,750
Estimate GBP 12,000 - GBP 16,000
A porcelain vase in the form of a jug
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander I, early 1800s
Of conical form with shaped spout, with a gilt calyx-shaped lower part and bell-shaped spreading foot, the body painted with a multi-coloured composition depicting cherubs sitting on a cloud, the foot and lower part of the body gilt and decorated with moulded and painted stylized acanthus leaves, the neck and tall angular handle wound round with a moulded, light-green swagged garland, gilt detail, apparently unmarked
6¾ in. (17 cm.) high
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In form and decoration, the present jug is very similar to items executed at the factory after the drawings of Jean Francois Xavier Hattenberger, director of the factory from 1803-6. Porcelain items executed after the drawings of Hattenberger are extremely rare. The Hermitage and the Russian Museum in St Petersburg have few examples.
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Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 54.