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A Russian Nicholas I porcelain vase
A Russian Nicholas I porcelain vase

BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST. PETERSBURG, DECORATED BY V. ELASHEVSKOI, CIRCA 1841

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A Russian Nicholas I porcelain vase
By the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, Decorated by V. Elashevskoi, Circa 1841
Of tapering cylindrical form, on a spreading foot with blue-green band above gilt cisel foliate border, with square brass base, the body painted with two Italian peasant women in regional costumes on a terrace with landscape beyond signed V. ELASHEVSKOI after Neff, the reverse gilt cisel cornucopia with garlands and foliate sprays on blue-green ground, above a moulded gilt base of leaves and sprays, the shaped neck and rim with foliate bands, the shoulders with moulded gilt masks, lacking handles, with marks inside neck
55 in. (141 cm.) high

Lot Essay

Timolon Carl von Neff (1805-1876), was born in Estonia, became a pupil of Hartmann in Dresden, worked in Rome before returning to Russia in 1826. He was a member of the Academy of Arts, where he became a professor in 1865. As well as a painter of historical, religious and genre themes, he was a portraitist and among his sitters were many of the Imperial Family. The original of the painting depicted was most probably in the Imperial Collections. Elashevskoi is recorded by Baron Wolff in his history of the Imperial Porcelain Factory, which was published in 1906, as working during the second quarter of the 19th century.
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