15 July 1998
A porcelain military Plate
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Alexander II
Circular, the centre painted with officers of the Life-Guards Don Cossack Battery within gilt borders, the rim with gilt cisel oak and laurel wreath on pale purple ground with the Imperial double-headed eagle on yellow ground in a roundel, between gilt borders, the base inscribed in Russian 'L.G. Don Battery from the pict[ure] by Piratskii by A. Kirsanov', marked on base
9 in. (24.6 cm.) diam.
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This lot is misnumbered 117 in the illustration.
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