A Porcelain Oyster Dish from the Raphael Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, 1899
of circular shape with rounded handle, the centre with a finely painted vignette of a centaur regarding a classical herm
en grisaille against an iron red ground in a circular reserve, surrounded by nine radiating panels decorated with foliate
trophies and grotesques, the handle with a dragon en grisaille against an iron red ground, gilt rim and foot, with gilt
Imperial cypher of Nicholas II dated 1899
length 14.5cm, 5⅝in.
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