A Basket from the Dowry Service of Grand Duchess Yelena Pavlovna, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St Petersburg, Period of Paul I (1796-1801)
circular basket pierced and molded in imitation of basketry, the gadrooned foot with matte gilding, the central band painted with pairs of pink roses, rosebuds, and intertwined vines against a gilt ground, the top molded in imitation of ribbon-tied reeds and the interior with a pattern of leaves and berries in gold, with blue cypher mark; (a chip restored on rim)
Haut. 11,5 cm, larg. 23 cm, diam. 22,9 cm ; height 4 2/3 in., depth 3 in., diam. 9 in.
Ordered by Catherine II for her grand-daugther the Grand-Duchess, Hélène Pavolvna (1784-1803)
Sotheby's New York, 22 April 2009, lot 356
For a similar pierced basket from the Cabinet Service in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, see Tamara Kudrjawzewa, Das weisse Gold der Zaren, Darmstadt, 2000, p. 66.