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    Sale 7772

    Russian Art

    1 - 2 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 117

    Two Porcelain Plates


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    Two Porcelain Plates
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1843
    Each circular, the white ground body painted with a gilt stylized geometric design with thin gilt band inner border, the thick blue ground outer border decorated with six white ground cartouches, each framed by two rocaille flourishes, four painted with multi-coloured bouquets of flowers, the top cartouche painted with the Imperial double-headed eagle with orb and sceptre, the lower with the gilt Cyrillic monogram of Nicholas I: 'AN' beneath the Imperial Russian crown, between the cartouches a gilt geometric design, marked with dark blue underglaze Cyrillic monogram 'N I' beneath the Imperial Russian crown
    9 3/8 in. (23.7 cm.) diameter 9½ in. (24 cm.) diameter (2)

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    The Grand Duchess Alexandra Nicholaevna, the third and youngest daughter of Nicholas I, was born on the 15th June 1825 in St Petersburg. From her earliest childhood, Alexandra stood out on account of her rare beauty and musical talent.

    The marriage of the eighteen year old Grand Duchess to Prince Friedrich Wilhelm Georg took place on the 18th January 1844. On account of the sudden nature of the marriage, the dowry had to be prepared by the Imperial family in a very short space of time. The dowry of her older sister, Olga, who had married two years previously, was eventually copied. The present lot is part of the Banqueting Service, part of Alexandra's dowry.

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