• 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 35

    A porcelain yellow ground tea service

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF CATHERINE II, LATE 1780S-EARLY 1790S

    Price Realised  

    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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    Literature

    Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 47.