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A Berlin (K.P.M.) porcelain and silver-gilt-mounted flatware from the dessert service made for Tzarina Catherine II of Russia
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A Berlin (K.P.M.) porcelain and silver-gilt-mounted flatware from the dessert service made for Tzarina Catherine II of Russia
Estimation
4 0006 000
Lot. Vendu 5,000 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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A Berlin (K.P.M.) porcelain and silver-gilt-mounted flatware from the dessert service made for Tzarina Catherine II of Russia
each haft of baluster form, moulded with stiff leaves, scrolling foliate and swag ornament, each painted by Johann Balthasar Borrmann, to both sides with soldiers and Turks in landscape and in encampments, between gilt scale pattern sections comprising: two table knives, two table forks and two table spoons
Quantité: 6
circa 1770-72
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Description

LITERATURE

Georg Lenz, Berliner Porzellna, die manufaktur Friedrich des Grosses 1763-1786, Berlin, 1913, Vol. II, pls 76 and 86, and Lenz, ibid., Vol. I, p. 11 for a discussion of the service. 
Erich Köllmann, Berliner Porzellan 1763-1963, Braunschweig, 1963, pls 94 and 101b
Erich Köllmann and Margaret Jarchow, Berliner Porzellan, Munich, 1987, Vol. I, p. 50, fig. 20 and Vol. II, p. 416, fig. 248l.

The present lot formed part of a service given by Frederick the Great to Catherine II during her first war with the Ottoman Empire (1768-1774). The war had greatly increased Russian power and influence in Crimea and the Black Sea and Prussia would have been acutely aware of the growing strength of the Russian Empire along Europe’s eastern and southern border and the potential threat to peace in Europe. 

Frederick and Catherine appear to have been well disposed to each other in marked contrast to the relationship between Frederick and Catherine’s mother -in-law, Empress Elizabeth.  The commissioning of a service followed the gift of a black fox fur to Frederick from the Tzarina. The service included a large and ornate figural centrepiece showing the enthroned Catherine receiving homage from her vanquished enemies.

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