12 - 13 October 2009,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 79,250
Estimate GBP 30,000 - GBP 50,000
A porcelain yellow ground tea service
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Catherine II, late 1780s-early 1790s
Comprising a covered tea-pot, a covered coffee-pot, a covered milk jug, a covered sugar bowl, a covered tea-caddy and two cups, all of cylindrical form, two circular saucers and a circular tray, the body of each painted with a multi-coloured bouquet of flowers in a circular or oval white ground reserve, framed within two thin gilt bands, one with gilt dents de loup, the yellow ground body with the border of a continuous garland of pink roses and green leaves, marked under bases with dark blue underglaze 'E II' and dot and gold star
Coffee-pot with cover 7 in. (17.9 cm.) high, tea-caddy with cover 4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high, tray 14 in. (35.5 cm.) diameter (10)
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This service is one of the earliest pieces made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory to feature a coloured surround. The yellow pigment presented a challenge to masters of colour mixing. Objects with a yellow surround occur rarely, even in museum collections.
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