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A SET OF SILVER-GILT MOUNTED PORCELAIN FLATWARE FROM THE CATHERINE THE GREAT BERLIN DESSERT SERVICE
PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED MIDWEST PRIVATE COLLECTION
A SET OF SILVER-GILT MOUNTED PORCELAIN FLATWARE FROM THE CATHERINE THE GREAT BERLIN DESSERT SERVICE

ROYAL PORCELAIN FACTORY (K.P.M.), BERLIN, 1770-1772

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A SET OF SILVER-GILT MOUNTED PORCELAIN FLATWARE FROM THE CATHERINE THE GREAT BERLIN DESSERT SERVICE
ROYAL PORCELAIN FACTORY (K.P.M.), BERLIN, 1770-1772
Comprising six knives, six tablespoons and five forks, each porcelain handle gilt-decorated and molded with acanthus leaves, each side painted with military encampment scenes, within gilt rocaille scroll borders, the lower section centering a pair of green swags, apparently unmarked, in a later fitted case
The knives 10¼ in. (26 cm.) long (17)

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This important service was presented to Empress Catherine II (1729-1796) by Frederick II, King of Prussia (1712-1786). The plates and flatware depict military encampment scenes from the Russo-Turkish wars and were painted by Johann-Baptist-Balthasar Borrman. For other examples of this service, see Exhibition catalogue, The Tsars' Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs, Williamsburg, 2011, listed pp. 26-27, illustrated p. 27, no. 22 and E. Köllmann, Berliner Porzellan 1763-1963, Brauschweig, 1966, p. 312, pls. 94 & 101.

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