Please note that that according to the inscription on the reverse, this plaque once belonged to Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich (1798-1849).
The following porcelain lots provide a very rare view of the most important works executed by the Imperial Porcelain Factory and other major Russian private porcelain factories across a diversity of genres and time periods. Comprising works created from the period of Empress Catherine II to the Soviet era, the rarity of these plaques, plates, figures and eggs is exceptional. At the heart of this selection lies a comprehensive group of porcelain depicting Russian regiments and military scenes, highlighted by extremely rare porcelain plaques. These plaques, created during the reign of Nicholas I, demonstrate the virtuoso skill of factory painters during the period. Painted after Adolphe Ladurner's celebrated designs for military paintings and included in the seminal Exposition de Céramiques Russes Anciennes at the Musée Ceramique de Sèvres in 1929, they are rare Imperial works that relate both to the military services ordered by Nicholas I and to monumental palace vases. A group of porcelain works of this range and rarity, including such a variety of figures and eggs alongside the highest quality military porcelain, is rarely seen outside of museum collections.
PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTOR