A Large Russian Silver Tray from the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna Service, Robert Kokhun (Colqhoun), retailed by Nicholls & Plincke, St. Petersburg, 1857
9,000 - 12,000 USD
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the heavy tray in the Neo-Rococo taste, with shaped border and handles chased and repoussé with shells and scrollwork, engraved with MN in Cyrillic beneath the Imperial crown, marked on base, 84 standard
Grand Duchess Maria Nicolaevna (1819-1876) was the daughter of Tsar Nicholas I. She married in 1839 the Duke of Leuchtenberg, son of Eugene de Beauharnais, and Nicholls & Plincke delivered the wedding service. After the deaths of her husband and her father, she married in November 1856 her long-term lover Count Grigory Stroganov; this tray was presumably a supplement to her original marriage service after her second wedding.
Robert Colqhoun (or Kokhun, as it was rendered in Russian) was a part-owner of Nichols & Plinke, St. Petersburg's famed "Magasin Anglais," and provided a great deal of silver to the Russian court in the latter half of the 19th century.