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Two Large and Rare Porcelain Serving Dishes from the Kremlin Service, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I (1825-1855)
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 26,250 EUR
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Two Large and Rare Porcelain Serving Dishes from the Kremlin Service, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I (1825-1855)
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 26,250 EUR
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Two Large and Rare Porcelain Serving Dishes from the Kremlin Service, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St Petersburg, Period of Nicholas I (1825-1855)
the cavettos painted with stylized swirling foliage with blue tulips centering on a coral-colored rosette, all set against a black ground within a border of green heart-shaped leaves, the remainder of the plate with elongated cypress in green and black on a richly ornamented ciselé gilt ground, the tooled, gilded rim painted with a band of simulated red and green jewels, with blue cypher marks of Nicholas I, both with red inventory numbers
Quantity: 2
Diam. 35,5 cm ; diam. 14 in.
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Provenance

Sotheby's New York, 22 April 2009, lot 365

Literature

See Tamara Kudriatseva, Russian Imperial Porcelain, St Petersburg, 2003, pp. 130-132

Catalogue Note

This service was commissioned for use in the Great Kremlin Palace, the official Moscow residence for the Imperial family, when the process of renovating, and ultimately rebuilding, the palace began in 1837. The task of designing the new service fell to the talented student and future professor of the Academy of Arts Fedor Solntsev, who had been studying and recording Russian antiquities. He drew upon 17th century metalwork as a model; in the case of these serving dishes, the source was the interior of a richly jeweled tazza belonging to Tsaritsa Natalia Kirillovna housed in the Kremlin Armory Museum. The Kremlin Service was intended for five hundred people, with two thousand dinner plates, one thousand soup plates, and one thousand dessert plates. 

Part of this service was exhibited in the Hermitage museum in 2016, From the dinner-service Storerooms, decorating the Russian Imperial Table in the Eighteenth to early Twenthieth Centuries, n° 43, pp. 333-338.

See also Anne Odom, Russian Imperial Porcelain at Hillwood, Washington, D.C., 1999, pp. 57-61.

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