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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, & black reserving the Cyrillic initials VKKN (Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolaevich) surmounted by the Grand Ducal crown &, on the opposite side, the Imperial eagle with four maps held in its talons & 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 & 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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