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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 213

    A Rare Porcelain Cup and Saucer with a Portrait of Alexander I

    BY THE DE DAGOTY PORCELAIN FACTORY, PARIS, CIRCA 1814

    Price Realised  

    A Rare Porcelain Cup and Saucer with a Portrait of Alexander I
    by the de Dagoty Porcelain Factory, Paris, circa 1814
    Cylindrical with a slightly flared rim, the golden ground body decorated with an oval medallion depicting a multi-coloured portrait of Emperor Alexander I dressed in uniform, framed within a thick gilt band, the upper border of a white ground band with a gilt geometric design, with gilt handle, the circular saucer similarly decorated with a white ground centre and gilt geometric border, marked under base with red underglaze inscription Dagoty à Paris
    Cup 2¼ in. (5.8 cm.) high with handle, saucer 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) diameter


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    In 1814, upon entering Paris, Emperor Alexander I, in spite of his well-known inclination towards refined foppishness, did not wear his parade uniform. An officer of the Russian general head-quarters had to incessantly shout out: 'Cheval blanc, panache blanc' ('White horse, white plume') to the Parisians, who were looking out for the Emperor in the magnificent cavalcade. In the present lot, the Emperor is depicted in precisely this uniform.

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    Provenance

    Gallery 'A la vieille cite', 350 Rue St Honoré, Paris, 1994.