• Sale 7905

    Russian Art

    29 November 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 390

    Two Cut-Glass Beakers and a Porcelain Bowl from His Majesty's Own Service in the Cottage Palace

    BY THE IMPERIAL GLASS FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, 19TH CENTURY AND THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, PERIOD OF ALEXANDER III, DATED 1893

    Price Realised  

    Two Cut-Glass Beakers and a Porcelain Bowl from His Majesty's Own Service in the Cottage Palace
    By the Imperial Glass Factory, St Petersburg, 19th Century and the Imperial Porcelain Factory, period of Alexander III, dated 1893
    The circular porcelain bowl, large and small tapering cylindrical cut-glass beakers all with blue coat-of-arms of Alexandria and the motto in Russian 'For Faith Tsar and Fatherland', the bowl marked under base with underglaze green factory mark, the beakers apparently unmarked
    The beakers 3 3/8 in. high and smaller; the bowl, 10 in. diam. (3)


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    The Cottage Palace Service was originally commissioned around 1830 for 'Alexandria', the summer residence of Emperor Nicholas I at Peterhof. The private estate was later given by the Emperor to his wife Alexandra Feodorovna. The shield motif, reflecting the Gothic taste of the time, was designed by V. Zhukovskii and was inspired by the Magic of the White Rose festival, dedicated to the birthday of the Prussian-born Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, which took place 13 July 1829 at Sanssousi in Potsdam.

    Provenance

    The beakers, Christie's, London, 15 December 2000, lot 147.