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TWO PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE ARABESQUE SERVICE
TWO PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE ARABESQUE SERVICE

BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF CATHERINE II (1762-1796)

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TWO PORCELAIN PLATES FROM THE ARABESQUE SERVICE
BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF CATHERINE II (1762-1796)
Each circular, the centre painted with a reserve depicting classical female figures, within a stylised gold and pink cartouche, the border decorated with a stylised design of garlands and medallions, with scalloped purple and gilt rim, both marked under bases with underglaze blue factory marks
9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Collection Alexandre Djanchieff.
By descent to the present owner.

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Lot Essay

The Arabesque and Yacht Services are among the most important services made during the reign of Emperor Catherine II, both similar in style and ornamentation. Commissioned in 1784 and 1787 respectively, the Yacht Service was only finished during the reign of Emperor Paul I and may have been used as an addition to the Arabesque service.

The service took its name from arabesques in the Pompeian style used to decorate the pieces. The allegorical figures that are painted in the middle of the plates are meant to illustrate the glory of the reign of Empress Catherine the Great. For more information on the Arabesque and Yacht Service, see N. B. von Wolf, (ed. V.V. Znamenov), The Imperial Porcelain Factory, 1744-1904, St Petersburg, 1906, pp. 94-95 and pp. 110-111, and An Imperial Fascination: Porcelain - Dining with the Czars Peterhof, A La Vieille Russie, New York, 1991, pp. 33-35.

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