• 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 22

    A porcelain verrière

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF CATHERINE II, LATE 1760S

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    A porcelain verrière
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Catherine II, late 1760s
    Of oval form with fluted scalloped rim, on conforming gilt foot, the body painted on both sides with a medallion depicting a multi-coloured Russian peasant scene, framed within a gilt band and an intricate garland consisting of musical instruments surmounted by a ribbon-bow, the upper border consisting of a multi-coloured garland of flowers with wound pink ribbon, the short handles simulating relief scrolls with gilt detail, gilt rim, the base painted green, marked on the handle with incised circle and dot, and with the inventory label from the Tsarskoe Selo Palace inscribed 'glavnaya dacha'.
    10 1/8 in. (25.5 cm.) long, 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm) high


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    The cartouches enclosing scenes of Russian peasants reflect the 18th century interest in ethnography and the lives of the people of the Russian Empire.

    In 1768, J. Chaffe d'Auteroche published his three-volume work Voyage en Sibérie, illustrated with engravings by Jean Baptiste Le Prince who had himself visited Russia extensively.
    The two scenes on the verrière, 'Swing' and 'Russian dance' are reproductions of Le Prince engravings. When copying the engraving 'Russian dance' onto the verrière, the porcelain factory painter made some changes to the composition and simplified by including only the main characters.

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    Provenance

    Collection of the Tsarskoe Selo Palace (label inscribed glavnaya dacha).
    Collection of Prince Beloselskii-Belozerskii.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the dimensions for this lot - 10 1/8 in. (25.5 cm.) long, 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm) high.


    Literature

    Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, Drawings by Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, Paris, 1986, cat. 7 and 37. (Based on the first edition of 'Voyage en Sibérie fait par ordre du Roi en 1761... par Jean-Baptiste Le Prince, Paris, 1767.)

    Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 26.


    Exhibited

    Sèvres, Museé céramique de Sèvres, Exposition de céramiques anciennes, April-October 1929, number 13.

    London, 1 Belgrave Square, Russian Art Exhibition, 4 June-13 July 1935, p. 38, number K.