A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT ROYAL ARMORIAL SOUP PLATES MADE FOR CATHERINE THE GREAT OF RUSSIA, QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1785 | 清乾隆 約1785年 粉彩俄羅斯女皇嘉芙蓮二世紋章圖盤一對
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A PAIR OF CHINESE EXPORT ROYAL ARMORIAL SOUP PLATES MADE FOR CATHERINE THE GREAT OF RUSSIA
QING DYNASTY, QIANLONG PERIOD, CIRCA 1785
清乾隆 約1785年 粉彩俄羅斯女皇嘉芙蓮二世紋章圖盤一對
each painted in the center in sepia with the Imperial Russian double-headed eagle charged on breast with St. George and the Dragon, with one claw clutching a sceptre and the other holding a cross-bearing orb, the border with intertwining ribbon and flowering vine
diameter 9¾ in.; 24.8 cm
One with a small restored rim chip at 6 o'clock with another minute restored rim nick at around 3 o'clock. The other plate with a small rim chip at 1 o'clock, and a short glaze line at the base, possibly from firing. Both with very minor surface wear and minor firing imperfections.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Heirloom & Howard Ltd, London, 1981
The most famous and longest-ruling female reigning monarch of Russia, Catherine the Great reigned between 1762 and 1796, and was responsible for strengthening and expanding the empire. A well-known service made for her is the extensive Wedgwood 'Frog' service, depicting a different English country house on each individual piece. An identical example is illustrated in David Howard and John Ayers, China for the West, vol. II, London, 1978, cat. no. 461, from the collection of Mildred and Rafi Mottahedeh, and sold in these rooms, January 30th, 1985, lot 273.