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Two porcelain military plates, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander II, 1873

Property of a Gentleman (lots 1-3, 54, 100-110)

Two porcelain military plates, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander II, 1873

Two porcelain military plates, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander II, 1873

Property of a Gentleman (lots 1-3, 54, 100-110)

Two porcelain military plates, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg, period of Alexander II, 1873


One with the cavetto depicting the Life Guards mounted regiment within a border of gilt laurel on lilac ground, inscribed in Cyrillic after a painting by Piratsky and signed T. Semenov, dated 1873, the other with the cavetto depicting Hussar Regiments, including the 13th Narva regiment named after Grand Duke Constantine Nikolaevich, and the 14th Mittau regiment named after Prince Albert the Younger of Prussia, after a painting by Piratsky and signed Wassily Midin, both surmounted by the imperial double-headed eagle, both with underglazed green and blue Imperial cypher of Alexander II

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diameter 25cm, 9 7/8 in.

Overall in good condition. With minor scattered scratches consistent with age and use. With some minor losses to gilding on the footrim and to the gilding on the outer edges of the central painted scene. In the same areas around the painted scene, very minor losses to painted surface.


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Private Collection, UK

This important group from a Private Collection (lots 1-3, 54, 100-110), UK includes sixteen rare examples of cabinet military porcelain plates from the period of Alexander II. The Imperial Porcelain Factory painters executed two versions of each plate, one intended for Emperor Alexander II and the second for the heir to the throne. Inspired by the series of watercolours by Piratsky depicting Changes in the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Imperial Army during the Reign of Alexander Nicholayevich this important cabinet service was commenced in 1886. Piratsky’s series was a supplement to the famous work by the military historian Alexander Viskovatov Historical Descriptions of the Clothing and Arms of the Russian Army and were made after the materials in the Musuem of the Main Intendance Offico. The original watercolours are held in the Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the series was continued by Pyotr Balashov (1853-1888) after Piratsky’s death. As can be seen in the present impressive and comprehensive group of plates, the Imperial Porcelain Painters used the watercolours to inspire vignettes and poses on the plates, rather than copying them directly, creating interesting comparisons between the source material and final product.


These inventive military scenes were created by the finest painters-decorators from the period, all represented in the present group, with four by A. Morozov, two each by A. Mironov, T. Semenov, N. Kholshevnikov and A. Novikov; and one each by Wassily Midin, F. Torachkov, N. Ivanov and V. Kirsanov.