A Russian Porcelain Basket from the Service for the Imperial Order of St. George, Gardner Porcelain Manufactory, Verbilki, 1777-1778
- with dark blue factory mark
Christie's New York, March 23, 1983, lot 263, illustrated
The Order services are dessert services and include a number of baskets for serving fruit or cakes. The pieces were all designed by the multitalented Gavriil Ignat'evich Kozlov (1738–1791), designer of the Orlov Service (see lot 7) as well as a Professor at the Academy of Arts and Director of the Imperial Tapestry Manufactory. The ingenious design is that of a rustic, trompe l'oeil woven basket around which has been wrapped the Order's sash hung with the order's cross. The complex design with extensive piercing, as well as the inclusion of minutely sculpted flowers, must have been a challenge to model and to successfully fire; the success and lightness of the many baskets demonstrates the skill of Gardner's modelers and the high-quality of the porcelain mass.