A porcelain soup Plate from the Raphael Service
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Alexander II or Alexander III, and with large gilt cypher of Alexander III dated 1884
Circular, the centre painted with an hexagonal classical scene on red ground, with outer border of a fantastic bird and foliate scrolls at intervals on yellow ground, the rim decorated with the roundels with classical scenes won red ground, with panels of foliate scrolls on black ground, with stylised monsters on yellow ground at intervals, with foliate border on blue ground, marked under base
9.5/8in. (24.5cm.) diam.