12 - 13 October 2009
A large porcelain basket from the Service of the Order of St Alexander Nevskii
by the Gardner Porcelain Factory, Moscow, period of Catherine II, 1778-1780
Oval, with tapering pierced sides of a diamond-shaped trellis and undulating gilt rim, the exterior decorated with the multi-coloured moulded sash of the Order with the Cross of the Order, the centre of the interior painted with the star of the Order with a letter symbol and motto, the brown handles simulating twisted branches with small moulded flowers and leaves with painted bouquets of flowers terminals, with gilt detail on a moulded gilt base, marked under base with blue underglaze 'G'
14¾ in. (36.6 cm.) long
Design by G. I. Kozlov.
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Masterpieces of 18th c..., number 145.
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