A porcelain centrepiece, probably Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg
the bowl with scrolling gilt handles, the body painted with Neoclassical ornaments and fine landscape views in oval
reserves against a buff ground, scalloped rim, the foot in the shape of four lion paws resting on an oval stepped base,
impressed in the paste with I.F. in Cyrillic
length 34cm, 13⅜in.
Overall in very good condition; with some minor wear to the gilding and a handful of minor firing flaws, as expected.
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For a similar example by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, please see Sotheby's New York, 17 April 2012, lot 89