Count D. A. Guriev (1751-1825) oversaw the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory at the time of production (1809-1816). A wise manager, he recruited four French artists from Sèvres to work at the Russian factory. As a result, Guriev’s name was immortalised by an opulent service of Empire-style porcelain intended for the Winter Palace and conceived to serve fifty. In the second half of the 19th century, it was expanded to include more than 4,500 pieces. The ornamental gold foliage reflects the glare of empires competing for artistic as well as military glory.
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