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A Russian porcelain plate from the Tsar Nicholas I service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, Saint Petersburg, circa 1845-1855. Circular, with gilt scalloped rim, the center painted with the badge of the Order of Saint Andrew on white ground, the blue border decorated with the badges of the Orders of Saint George, Saint Alexander Nevsky, Saint Vladimir, the White Eagle, Saint Stanislaus & Saint Anne within gilt shaped cartouches against a cream ground, the foot with traces of the gilt band typical of Imperial services, the underside marked with blue Imperial cypher mark of Nicholas I. This plate with a gilt symbol above the cypher mark, probably a gilder’s mark.Diameter 10 in. (25.4 cm).
The sources for this Russian Imperial porcelain service can be found in a sixty-piece dessert service with the badges of the Russian Imperial orders that Queen Victoria commissioned from Coalport after Emperor Nicholas I’s state visit to England in 1844. Intended as a souvenir of their meeting, the full service was delivered to St. Petersburg in 1845. The magnificent dessert service so impressed him that he ordered additions to it for use at court banquets. It is known in England as the Tsar Nicholas I Service & in Russia as the Coalport Service. For more on this service, & the popularity of English porcelains & faience, at the Imperial court, seeLidia Liakhova, “English Lessons: British Ceramics at the Russian Court between the Congress of Vienna & the Crimean War,” Pinakoteka 18-19, pp. 157-163.
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