A Russian porcelain Easter egg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, circa 1850. In Neo-Rococo taste, with an oval gilt cartouche on each side, the original ciselé design of the Holy Spirit as a dove visible on one side, with finely painted floral swags and stars between, both apertures with an eight-pointed gilt star, with an impressed Nicholas I cypher mark on the underside. Height: 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm).
For a comparable pink ground egg from the Imperial factory, see Tamara Kudriavtseva and Harold Whitbeck, Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs. Русские императорские фарфоровые пасхальные яйцa (London: Merrell, 2001), no. 184, p. 241.
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