24 April 2006
A PAIR OF PORCELAIN WINE COOLERS FROM THE GOTHIC SERVICE
BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS I
Each round, with slightly tapering body on gilt foot and gilt scroll handles, the bodies decorated with red, green and gilt geometric patterns on blue ground, marked under bases with blue overglaze mark
Each: 8 in. (20.3 cm.) high (2)
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A La Vieille Russie, An Imperial Fascination: Porcelain, New York, 1992, p. 92-93.
The Gothic Service was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I in 1832. It was created for the Winter Palace and comprised a dinner and tea service of 150 place settings, totalling 1,832 pieces.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘