Oyster dish
Lot 159
An oyster dish from the Raphael ServiceImperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas II, dated 1900
£5,000 - 6,000
US$ 8,400 - 10,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
An oyster dish from the Raphael Service
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas II, dated 1900
the cavetto with a finely-painted classical figure against a red background, the handle similarly decorated with a mythological creature, the bowl with radiating panels of classical motifs, all within a gilt rim, with gilt monogram for Nicholas II underside of base
length: 14.5cm (5 3/4in).


  • For similar examples, see Wolf, von N.B., The Imperial Porcelain Factory 1744-1904, St. Petersburg, 2003, p.271, fig. 404 and Tamara Kudriavtseva, Russian Imperial Porcelain, St. Petersburg, 2003, p.194.

    The famous Raphael Service was commissioned for the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in 1883. The project's complexity demanded that the head of the Imperial Factory's painting workshop, Leonard Schaufelberger, oversee the designs, most of which were approved personally by Alexander III. The service, striking in its use of classical ornament, was inspired by Raphael's frescoes in the loggias of the Vatican. The proposed lot with the oversized cypher of the ruling monarch in tooled gold Slavonic script is characteristic of this service.

    The fifty covers of this formal service were completed in 1903 and kept in the Palace storerooms. The following year, the service was transferred to the Anichkov Palace for the personal use of Empress Maria Feodrovna.
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