Two square serving dishes from the Banquet Service for Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich, the future Emperor Alexander III, Imperial Porcelain Factory, ST Petersburg, period of Alexander II (1855-1881). With the monogram of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich beneath an Imperial crown on either side of the dish, the upper border with a fine gilded pattern of scroll work and diaperwork set with flowerheads, the foot with a row of gilt beads within two polished gilt bands, the interior with scrolling bands with anthemia and laurel. The larger with blue and green Alexander Imperial cypher factory marks, 3 ½ x 9 ½ x 9 ½ in. (8.9 x 24.1 x 24.1 cm); the smaller with dark green Alexander II Imperial cypher factory mark 3 5/8 x 9 ¼ x 8 ½ in. (9.3 x 23.8 x 21.3 cm). This service was ordered for the future Emperor Alexander III while he was still a grand duke and was used at the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg. On this service, see Le Porcellane imperiale Russe dal 1744 al 1917. Peterhof, San Pietroburgo, Faenza, 1993, p. 99.Domestic: Flat-rate of $60.00 Fed Ex 3 Day Saver to anywhere within the Contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Washington.
This Jasper52 auction is curated in partnership with John Atzbach, a leading authority in the field of Russian works of art made in and representing the tastes of the late Imperial era (late 17th century to the 1917 Revolution).
He was introduced to the subject at the age of 9, when a neighbor, recognizing his interest, allowed him to examine her collection of Russian enamels. He was immediately intrigued and spent the next several years learning all that he could about Russian silver and enamels, honing his knowledge before he began collecting them himself, fulfilling a childhood dream.
With a lifetime of knowledge in Russian decorative arts, John Atzbach is regularly consulted by collectors, dealers, appraisers, and auction house representatives from around the world. He has been directly involved in the formation of some of the world's finest collections of Russian enamels, Russian porcelains, and Faberge. He greatly enjoys his work and feels very fortunate that his childhood interest could evolve into a lifelong passion that continues to engage him every day.
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