27 October 2005
A PAIR OF PORCELAIN DINNER PLATES FROM THE SERVICE AT HIS MAJESTY'S OWN DACHA
BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST. PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1840
Circular, the rim of each decorated with gilt scrolls and flowers on blue ground, the center of each plate with the interlaced initials 'AM' surmounted by the Imperial crown, marked under bases
Each: 9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) diameter (2)
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A La Vieille Russie, An Imperial Fascination: Porcelain, New York, 1991, p. 103, for a similar plate.
This service was produced in the 1840s. It was designed for twelve and later expanded. The interlaced initials 'AM' belong to the heir to the thrown, Grand Duke Alexander Nicolaevich (Alexander II from 1855) and his wife Maria Alexandrovna.
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