• 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 221

    A porcelain wine cooler together with a covered bowl and sauce-boat on stands


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    A porcelain wine cooler together with a covered bowl and sauce-boat on stands
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Nicholas I
    Painted with pink floral sprays and trailing gilt scrolls interspersed with blue cartouches against a white ground, on spreading feet, with gilt rims, the bowl and sauce-boat on stand, all marked under base with blue overglaze crowned monogram 'N I', the wine cooler with painted gold '1.2' and incised '4'
    The wine cooler: 7¾ in. (19.5 cm.) high; sauce-boat on stand: 6 in. (15.3 cm.) long (3)

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    The present pieces come from a service ordered by Emperor Nicholas I in 1834 as a gift for Mahmud II, the Sultan of Turkey (1808-1839), to mark the signing of the Treaty of Unkiar Skelessi in 1833 which secured Russian access to the Dardanelles. Part of this service is on display in the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul. See An Imperial fascination: Porcelain, Dining with the Czars, Peterhof, A La Vieille Russie, New York, 1991, p. 95, pl. 193.

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