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A Russian porcelain Easter egg, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, circa 1900-1910. Painted with swags of pale blue roses & gilt leaves suspended from pale blue ribbons & bow knots, with a fine gilt band about the upper aperture. Height 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm).
Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was particularly fond of eggs in the so-called “swag style,” indeed; presentation eggs with her cypher offered some of the most interesting examples of ornament of the period. Combinations of rosebuds, forget-me-nots, swags, festoons, & bowknots clearly rely upon the graphic designs of the Mir iskusstva group & other leading Russian artists inspired by 18th-century design.The same motifs were also painted on eggs without the Imperial cypher as well & this egg is a particularly fine example with its combination of bowknots & roses. For other examples of Imperial porcelain eggs in this style, see Tamara Kudriavtseva & Harold Whitbeck, Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs. Russkie imperatorskie farforovye paskhal’nye iaitsa (London: Merrell, 2001), nos. 214-217 & 219, pp. 260-263.
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