Lot 13
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A Russian Porcelain Basket from the Service for the Imperial Order of St. George, Gardner Porcelain Manufactory, Verbilki, 1777-1778

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 USD
Sold
110,500 USD
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Description

  • with dark blue factory mark
  • Porcelain
of circular, tapering form, the sides pierced and gilded, the undulating, gilded rim molded in a chain pattern, the exterior molded with the orange and black moiré sash of the order interwoven with laurel branches, also with sculpted and gilded crosses of the order set on opposite sides of the basket, the ribbons ending in a molded bow knot set below the handles painted brown to resemble woven branches and sculpted with delicate floral and leaf ornament, the center of the interior painted with the star of the order, on which is written in Cyrillic the motto: For Service and Bravery (Za sluzhbu i khrabrost), the interior also with several small gilt flowers.

Provenance

Christie's New York, March 23, 1983, lot 263, illustrated

Catalogue Note

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.

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