An oyster dish from the Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), 1848-1852. The scalloped bowl with ogee-shaped handle, the handle with an Imperial eagle with raised wings against an entirely gilded ground within blue strapwork, a decoration that continues as the border around the entire bowl, the interior with strapwork motifs in emerald green, gilt, brick red, and black, the foot with gilded rim, marked on the underside with the pale blue Imperial cypher factory mark of Nicholas I and the gilt initials AK, probably those of a gilder. Length: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm); diameter of bowl: 4 1/8 in. (11 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.
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