A cup from the Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), 1848-1852. The baluster-form cup with shaped, pierced handles, the upper half of the exterior decorated with strapwork motifs in gilt, emerald green, brick red, and black reserving the Cyrillic initials VKKN (Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich) surmounted by the Grand Ducal crown and, on the opposite side, the Imperial eagle with four maps held in its talons and beaks used on the Grand Ducal naval standards, also surmounted by the Grand Ducal crown, the interior with polished gilding, the underside with an underglaze blue mark, the number 5 incised in the paste, partially rubbed gilt initials, probably those of a gilder. Height 3 in. (7.7 cm).
Fedor Solntsev (1801-1892), designer of the Kremlin Service, used similar elements of strapwork and state symbols in this service ordered on the occasion of the marriage of Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich to Alexandra Iosifovna, Princess of Saxe-Altenburg, in 1848. The use of the Grand Ducal naval standard was a reference to Konstantin Nikolaevich’s service in the Russian Imperial Navy.
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