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A Pair of Russian Plates from the Service for the Imperial Order of St. George, Gardner Porcelain Manufactory, Verbilki, 1777-1778

Estimate
40,000 - 60,000 USD
Sold
50,000 USD
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Description

  • both with blue factory mark and with star impressed in the paste
  • Porcelain
of circular form with scalloped gilt rim, on the border the orange and black striped sash of the order is interwoven with branches of laurel and hung with the order's cross, the center painted with the order's star, on which is written in Cyrillic the motto: For Service and Bravery (Za sluzhbu i khrabrost).

Provenance

The Winter Palace, London

Catalogue Note

The Service for the Knights of the Order of St. George was completed first and included eighty covers. Its earliest use was at the celebration of the Order's feast day on November 26, 1778 and it continued to be used yearly thereafter. Catherine II had founded this order recognizing military feats in 1769 and the first recipients included many outstanding military leaders who had distinguished themselves in the Russo-Turkish Wars of 1768-1774 such as Field Marshall Petr Rumiantsev (1725-1796), Count Alexei Orlov (1737-1808), General Petr Panin (1721-1789), Prince Vasilii Dolgorukov (1722-1782), and Count Grigory Potemkin (1739-1791). Considering the role the elite military units had played in determining who sat on the Russian throne, Catherine was wise to honor her military commanders first.

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