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A Russian porcelain tazza from the Babigon Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Nicholas I period (1825-1855), 1839-1840. Of circular form, on raised foot, the bowl’s interior upper rim decorated with wide gilt foliate bands & burnished gilding within gilt & cranberry bands, the exterior with similar gilt foliate bands, the bottom interior of the bowl centered with a gilt rosette. Dimensions: 5 h x 12 1/4 in. d (12.7 x 31.1 cm).
The earliest version of the Babigon Service was completed in 1823 & 1824, during the reign of Alexander I (1801-1825) & was intended for use in the Grand Peterhof Palace. Originally including only 100 place settings, Emperor Nicholas I had it expanded to included place settings & serving dishes for an additional 100 persons in 1839-1840 & part of the service was transferred to Tsarskoe Selo to be used at the Imperial palaces there. The service acquired its modern name only in 1857-858 when parts of it were transferred to the New Babigon Pavilion, also known as the Belvedere Palace on the Babigon Heights. On the service, see I. Popova, Dekorativnye farforovye vazy i dvortsovye paradnye servizy pervoi treti XIX veka, Leningrad, 1989, pp. 78-85.
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