French Silver Plate from the Yusupov Scandinavian Service
Alexandre Gueyton, Paris, 1842-63, with Russian import mark for St. Petersburg, 91 standard
Circular, centering an engraved lion salient beneath a crown, bordered by a stylized Russian inscription: Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov / Princess Tatiana Alexandrovna Yusupova, the rims chased with alternating panels of birds and lions amid scrolling foliage. Diameter 10 inches (25.4 cm), approximately 19 ounces (594 grams).
Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov (1827-1891) and his wife, Tatiana de Ribeaupierre (1828-1879).
By descent to Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova (1891-1939) and her husband, Count Felix Sumakarov-Elston (1887-1967).
The Yusupovs were one of Imperial Russia's most prominent families, with vast wealth from mining, oil and other business interests. The family owned multiple palaces in St. Petersburg and Moscow and numerous estates throughout the country.
The highly ornate Yusupov or Scandinavian Service was in keeping with the family's lavish lifestyle. It was commissioned in Paris for Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov and his wife, Countess Tatiana de Ribeaupierre, whose names are engraved on the present lot. The service was inherited by their daughter, Zinaida, and her husband, Felix, who following the abdication of Emperor Nicholas II were forced into exile. The service, along with most of their possessions, was hidden by Felix in the family's Moscow residence, only to be discovered by Soviet authorities in the 1920s and subsequently sold, like many Russian Imperial treasures.
Further examples from the Yusupov Service are in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Other plates from the service have been sold at auction; see Sotheby's, London, June 17, 2020, lot 149, and Christie's, New York, April 18, 2007, lot 249.
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