• 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 31

    Two rare porcelain armorial cache-pots from the service of Count Z. G. Chernishev

    BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, 1762

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    Two rare porcelain armorial cache-pots from the service of Count Z. G. Chernishev
    by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, 1762
    Circular, the cylindrical body with scalloped gilt rim, painted on one side with the coat of arms of Count Chernishev within an oval medallion with red border, adorned by a laurel-leaf swag and suspended by a puce ribbon from the gilt border around the rim, the reverse decorated with the same coat of arms in gilt, both marked under base with black Imperial double-headed eagle, number '7' and incised circle and arrow
    5 3/8 in.(13.8 cm.) high and slightly smaller (2)


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    The present lot is an excellent example of the early porcelain produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St Petersburg.

    The elaborate Chernishev coat of arms incorporating the order of St Andrew illustrates the importance of the bearer, signifying both their achievements and their loyalty during the early years of Catherine II's reign.

    Count Zakhar Grigorievich Chernishev (1722-84) participated in the capture of Berlin in 1760 and, as a result, the walls of the city were incorporated into the family coat of arms. He was the first lover of Catherine II while she was wife of the heir to the throne and, during her reign, he became a leading free mason. His brother, Piotr, was a diplomat and later became a senator. Both received the Order of St Andrew which adorn the coat of arms of the cache-pots.

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    Literature

    Masterpieces of 18th c..., numbers 24 and 25.