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A Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory charger from the Gothic Dinner Service, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), 1832-1834. The border with magenta flowerheads against ciselé gilt grounds in imitation of rose windows of Gothic cathedrals, the blossoms flanked by floriate fans in ciselé, all reserved against a sky blue ground, centered with a magenta, teal, & blue medallion resembling rose windows of Gothic cathedrals, the underside with a gilt band about the foot, with blue Imperial cypher mark of Nicholas I. Diameter: 14 in. (35.6 cm).
Emperor Nicholas I commissioned this service for use in the Winter Palace in 1832. The dinner & tea service included place settings for 150 people & totaled 1,832 pieces by the time the first group of items was completed. The service remained popular with succeeding emperors & empresses for ceremonial banquets & dinners, including the 1903 Winter Palace costume ball, & additions were made to it as late as the early twentieth century. On this service, see Anne Odom, Russian Porcelain at Hillwood, Washington, DC, 1999, pp. 56-57; Tamara Kudriavtseva, Russian Imperial Porcelain, St. Petersburg, 2003, pp. 129-130; & Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya’s note in Pod tsarskim venzelem, St. Petersburg, 2007, pp. 150-151.
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