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    Sale 5954

    Russian Art

    11 June 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    AN EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TEA-SERVICE

    GARDNER PORCELAIN FACTORY, CIRCA 1820, INCISED G TO SOME

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    AN EGYPTIAN REVIVAL TEA-SERVICE
    GARDNER PORCELAIN FACTORY, CIRCA 1820, INCISED G TO SOME
    With crocodile finials, each compressed form with a frieze of hieroglyphs and other symbols on a matt-blue and gilt caillouté ground, above a simulated-embroidery border painted with a floral paisley pattern on a dusky-pink ground, richly gilt interiors, comprising: a teapot and cover, a hot-water pot and cover, a sugar-bowl and cover, four cups and saucers, four small pedestal bowls and a pair of shallow bowls, in a fitted silk-lined mahogany travelling case (damages)


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    The teapot in this service is a near identical copy of a form used by Wedgwood, even taking the same motifs of the Egyptian fret, winged sun disc and hieroglyphics. This was a common practice for the Russian factories, particularly Gardner, and there were plenty of pieces available for them to copy. After supplying the 'Husk' and 'Frog' services to Catherine II in the 1770's Wedgwood enjoyed a flourishing trade with Russia until the mid 19th century, when tariffs were imposed on imports to protect Russian factories.

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