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A Russian porcelain pierced fruit basket, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, period of Paul (1796-1801). The oval fruit basket with handles molded with leaves & scrolls & partially gilded, a central band about the bowl decorated with a garland of blue cornflowers & green leaves. Dimensions: 3 3/4″ H x 11″ W x 8 3/8″ D (9.5 x 27.9 x 21.3 cm).
On the service with cornflowers, see Aleksandra Troshchinskaia,Russkii farfor epokha klassitzma,Moscow, 2007, pp. 112-124 &Shedevry russkogo farfora XVIII veka iz sobraniia galereia “Popov i Ko.,”Moscow, 2009, pp. 150-151.
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