Russian Porcelain Plate from the Mikhailovsky Palace Service
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855)
Circular, the center painted with a courtly scene within a gilt cavetto, the border decorated with a band of alternating gilt rosettes and palmettes, within gilt and green geometric borders, with a gilt rim, marked under base. Diameter 10 1/4 inches (26 cm).
The Mikhailovsky Palace in St. Petersburg was originally planned as the residence of Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich, the youngest son of Emperor Paul I. When Emperor Alexander I acceded to the throne, the project was entrusted to the architect Carlo Rossi. Upon its completion in 1825, the neoclassical style palace was gifted to Grand Duke Michael and his wife, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna, by the Emperor. The palace was home to the grand ducal family and hosted salons for luminaries of St. Petersburg society and culture.
The present plate is a supplement to the original service produced during the reign of Alexander I, circa 1819-1822.
C Estate of Ann M. Osora
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