• 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 1

    Two porcelain plates from the Private Service of Her Majesty Elizabeth I


    Price Realised  


    Two porcelain plates from the Private Service of Her Majesty Elizabeth I
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Elizabeth I, 1756-early 1760s
    Each circular, with a scalloped border, the white ground decorated with a moulded, gilt trellis pattern, painted at intervals with pink blossoms, both marked under bases, the first with black overglaze Imperial double-headed eagle and overglaze black '3' with traces of red painted inventory number of the Housekeeping Department of the Winter Palace, the second (dinner plate) with incised circle with an arrow, with label inscribed 'Popoff'
    The first (dinner plate) 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.); the second (soup plate) 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) diameter (2)

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    The Imperial Porcelain Factory was founded in 1756 during the reign of Elizabeth I and under the supervision of Dmitrii Ivanovich Vinogradov. In the early days of the factory, Vinogradov invented an independent
    method for manufacturing porcelain with a paste which was closer to the Chinese and Japanese pastes than to the German or French. The Private
    Service of Elizabeth I was the first large table service produced by
    the factory and represents one of the finest examples of early Russian porcelain. Initially produced to serve 25 people during the reign of
    Elizabeth I, it was later expanded to accommodate 60 people when it was used again under the reign of Nicholas I in 1838.

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    M.Baruch,Masterpieces of 18th century Russian porcelain from the Collection of the Popoff & C° Gallery, Moscow, 2009, numbers 18 and 19.

    S. Troinitskii, 'Porcelain Gallery at the Imperial Hermitage', Starie Godi [Old Years], October 1914, p.16, illustration 73.

    N. B. Wolf, The Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1907, p. 47, illustrations 33 and 34.


    The second plate:
    London, 1 Belgrave Square, Exhibition of Russian Art, 4 June-13 July 1935, p. 48, number FX (part of).