• 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 113

    A very rare Imperial presentation porcelain covered cup and saucer with the monogram of Empress Maria Feodorovna


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    A very rare Imperial presentation porcelain covered cup and saucer with the monogram of Empress Maria Feodorovna
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Paul I, 1796-1801
    Of pear-shaped form, of the Hébert type, on circular gilt foot, the body consisting of a white medallion containing the gilt initial 'M' surmounted by the Imperial crown, framed on a painted background of flowers and gilt, the handle simulating two twisted branches, the domed cover similarly painted, with a pink rosebud finial and similarly decorated circular saucer, marked under bases with dark blue overglaze 'P' beneath a crown, painted over with gold and ciselé, incised '13; I' on the cup and '51; 8' on the saucer
    Cup 4 in. (10 cm.) high, 3 1/8 in. (8 cm.) diameter, saucer 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm.) diameter

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    This cup is unique, with no comparable examples in any other collection of porcelain. The cup's decoration, with its free artistic composition and sumptuous floral motifs, is a further elaboration on the ornament of the Cabinet Service - something that is wholly unique.

    Archival documents confirm that the Empress Maria Feodorovna was presented with cups produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory. These items were decorated with floral motifs against a gilt background, the only difference being that they featured 'Italian views'. The extant documents do not confirm any references to dates or the accompanying circumstances of the presentation of the cup in question. However, the unprecedented wealth of decoration and the meticulous and elaborate quality of the execution of the cup, including the gold and ciselé mark, undoubtedly indicate that this cup - a masterpiece of St Petersburg 18th century porcelain - was an Imperial commission.

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    M. Baruch, 'Russian 18th Century Porcelain from the Collection of Popoff & C° Gallery', Pinakoteka, 2002, numbers 13-14, p. 206.

    N. V. Sipovskaia, Porcelain in Russia in the 18th Century, Moscow, 2008. p. 349.

    Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 120.