The sumptuous decorative features and clean silhouette of the offered lot be traced back to the Sèvres porcelain covered vases produced during the period of Catherine the Great and reflect the general development in the arts of nineteenth century Russia to follow the trends of Western Europe.
Showcasing the great skill of the porcelain masters, the lavishly-modelled handles in the forms of caryatids, palmettes and scrolling acanthus, vaguely recall the famous 1807-8 'Gossips' vases designed by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843). In comparison to the Sèvres examples, which are gilt bronze, the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory produced their handles from porcelain, attaching them to the body of the vase with concealed rods. The distinctive combination of cobalt and sky blue pigments with gilt in imitation of gilt-bronze became widely used at the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory in the late nineteenth century and continued throughout the Soviet era.
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