Imperial Porcelain Factory


The Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg worked exclusively for the Imperial Court. There were produced dinner and tea sets and a wide variety of decorative and useful wares.

OBJECTS FROM THE SERVICE WITH HUNTING SCENESOBJECTS FROM THE SERVICE WITH HUNTING SCENES

PLATE, BISCUIT-DISH, CUP AND SAUCER St. Petersburg Imperial Porcelain Factory. Between 1850s and 1880s

Porcelain. Overglaze and underglaze painting

Diameter: plate 24 cm, biscuit-dish 25 cm, saucer 13.7 cm, height cup 6,7 cm

The Service with Hunting Scenes was intended for the small hunting house of Empress Catherine II at Oranienbaum (now the town of Lomonosov near Leningrad) and was modelled in Meissen in the 18th century. The lost items of the set were replaced by their exact replicas produced in the second half of the 19th century. The items reproduced are decorated with minutely rendered hunting scenes.

Imperial Porcelain Factory St PetersburgDecorative plate. Early 1760s Diameter, 23.6 cm

Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg.

The plate is one of a series painted with bird motifs, where each object has its own individual decoration; not a single miniature recurs. The figures of birds were taken from Buffon’s His-toire naturelle; the design was dictated by the shape of the dish. The light openwork border serves to focus the viewer’s attention on the picture.

Cup and saucerCup and saucer. Late 1750s — early 1760s Height of cup, 10.0 cm; diameter of saucer, 13.9 cm Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg.

 

Cups with a softly rounded piriform outline often had domed covers with knobs shaped as a flower bud or the figure of a Cupid. The motif of a dog probably shows that the cup and the saucer were made to order.

ChessmenChessmen. Early 1760s Height, 10.0; 7.3; 6.5; 7.3 cm Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg.

The East gave Europe the game of chess. This could have influenced the sculptor to introduce features of Oriental life in his design of the chessmen. In spite of its small size, each figure has a pronounced decorative value of its own.

Teapot from the Rumiantsev ServiceTeapot from the Rumiantsev Service. Early 1760s Height, 18.8 cm

Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg.

In the middle of the eighteenth century, tablewares were often painted with arms of noble families, used as decorative motifs.

Main marks of Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg

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