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A Russian porcelain plate from the Golden Service, Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg, circa 1828. Of shaped circular form, decorated in Neoclassical taste with bands of gilt laurel, anthemia, & acanthus on pale green or sky blue grounds, the cavetto centered with a gilt rosette, the shaped rims molded with acanthus & anthemia. The underside with gilt band about the foot typical of Imperial porcelain services & four gilt dots inside the foot, probably a gilder’s mark. Diameter: 9 1/2in. (24.2 cm).
Emperor Nicholas I commissioned the Golden Service in 1828 for the use of his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, at Pavlovsk & Gatchina Palaces. Most pieces from this service, like this plate, are unmarked, suggested that they were painted on the typically unmarked whiteware of the period of Alexander I (1801-1825). Today the majority of the service is held by Pavlovsk & can frequently be seen on display. On the service, see Gosudarstvennyi muzei-zapovednik Pavlovsk. Polnyi katalog kollektsii. Tom 7, vypusk 1: Imperatorskii farforovyi zavod konets XVIII-nachalo XX veka, St. Petersburg, 2009, pp. 126-128.
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