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A Russian porcelain Easter egg after a design by Sergei Romanov, Imperial Porcelain Factory, circa 1900. The pale blue ground egg decorated in the Neo-Byzantine style with stylized flowers against shaped gilt cartouches, the upper band painted in imitation of gem-set gold & with strapwork inspired by ornament on Old Slavonic manuscripts, also with a gilt Imperial crown, somewhat rubbed, on one side, the upper & lower apertures with gilt ornament. Height 3 1/2 in. (9 cm).
Imperial Porcelain Factory designers Sergei Romanovich Romanov & M. Matveev looked to the interlace ornament on Old Slavonic & Byzantine manuscripts as a source for colorful design on Easter eggs made around 1900. Although the decorative schemes were drawn from traditional sources, they were placed against new muted pastel glazes developed by the manufactory’s team of glaze chemists. The pale pastel blue ground of this egg was obviously influenced by the pale glazes that Lenox had shown at the Paris International Exposition in 1889 to great acclaim.On designs by Romanov & Matveev, seeTamara Kudriavtseva & Harold Whitbeck,Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs. Русские императорские фарфоровые пасхальные яйцa(London: Merrell, 2001), pp. 22-25 & 229. An egg with similar ornament designed by Romanov & another egg with an identical pale blue ground are published in the same book on pages 252 & 253.
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