A Russian porcelain plate from the Babygon (or Babigon) Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, period of Nicholas II (1894-1917), 1907. Centered with a gilt rosette, the borders with a band of gilt ivy against a pale grey ground within alternating bands of gold and raspberry. Marked on the underside with the green Imperial cypher mark of Nicholas II dated 1907 and with the Cyrillic letter F (Ф) impressed in paste near the foot. Dia. 8 ¾ in. (22.2 cm).
The service was first ordered in 1824, during the reign of Alexander I, for use as a dinner and dessert service for 100 place settings. Originally intended for use at Peterhof Palace, it became known as the Babigon Service in 1857 or 1858 when the service was transferred to the New Babigon Pavilion, also known as the Belvedere Palace and located on the Babigon Heights in Peterhof. A large group of additions to the service, of which this plate is a part, were added during the reign of Nicholas II, indicating its popularity with the Imperial family.
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