Lot 4
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A Rare Chinese Export Armorial Plate from a Banqueting Service Made for the Russian Court, 1740s

20,000 - 30,000 USD
20,000 USD
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  • with Cyrillic inscription G.Ch. 2566 in red
  • Porcelain
the center with the Imperial double-headed eagle holding an orb and scepter in its talons and with a red shield on its chest depicting St. George slaying the dragon, the shield surrounded with a Chain of St. Andrew in red, blue and gilt, the borders with gilded scrolling foliage and flowers.


The Winter Palace, Court Chamberlain's Office Inv. No. 2566
Christie's London, October 22, 1987, lot 240, illustrated

Catalogue Note

This plate is one from the second Banqueting service decorated with the Russian Imperial state seal made for the Russian court. Emperor Peter the Great ordered the first around 1720; Tatiana Arapova believes this service would have been ordered for Empress Elizabeth no later than 1742. As Natalia Sipovskaia has pointed out, the inclusion of gilt rocaille ornament demonstrates the Chinese artisans understanding of Russian tastes in this era. See T.B. Arapova, "The double-headed eagle on Chinese porcelain," Apollo January 1992, pp. 21-23 and Shedevry russkogo farfora XVIII veka iz sobraniia galerei "Popov i Ko.," Moscow, 2009, cat. 196, pp. 314-315.