12 - 13 October 2009
A PORCELAIN PORTRAIT CUP AND SAUCER
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, first half 19th century
The cylindrical cup with flared rim, painted with 'A girl with a dog in her lap' after Greuze, in a ciselé border, on a frieze of neo-Gothic decoration on cobalt ground, the moulded foliate scroll handle with mask terminal, with gilt interior sides and rosette in the base, the saucer with similar neo-Gothic decoration and gilt rim, the painting signed in Cyrillic 'Meshche[riakov]' (lower right), incised under bases, the cup '14' '24' Cyrillic 'i', the saucer '2 H a'
the cup 4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) high
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The porcelain painter Vasilii Fedorovich Meshcheriakov is recorded as an apprentice at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in 1820, a younger master in the early years of the reign of Nicholas I and as a master, along with Golov, in the 1840s.
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