An important Russian creamware plate from the Husk service, circa 1801-1812
Lot 114
An important Russian creamware plate from the Husk service, circa 1801-1812
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An important Russian creamware plate from the Husk service, circa 1801-1812
Of Queen's shape with a scallop edge, painted in puce monochrome with a central sprig, framed by a border of hanging garlands to the rim, 24.6cm diam, impressed L:0


  • In 1769 the first of two major Russian commissions was requested of the Wedgwood factory, which would later become known as the Husk service. The decoration was executed at the Chelsea studio under the direction of David Rhodes. By 4th May 1770 Wedgwood became concerned about the completion of the service in the available time, he wrote to Bentley:

    'to complete the Russian service.... I think by this means, & a full exertion of our strength, which the occasion certainly merits, we may still do it in tolerable time... Mr Rhodes has hands who can do husks, which is the pattern of the Table service, & I think I shall not wait yr reply to send you two or three for flowers.' These two or three painters were, Ralph Unwin, 'who will do flowers, under a Master very prettily', Joseph Cooper, 'a good flower painter', and the best of the monochrome flower painters, James Bakewell, were sent at once to reinforce those at Chelsea. The service was dispatched in September of the same year.

    Surviving plates of the service, presently displayed at Peterhof, have four different impressed marks: Wedgwood, CII, L:O, and L:Otto. The marks L:o and L:Otto, it has been discovered, refer to the Otto factory near Moscow, which was in production between 1801 - 1812. The CII mark belongs to the Poskotchina factory, which was in production until 1842, which suggests the service was in use for at least 70 years. It seems likely Wedgwood originals and Russian replacement pieces from this service were sold through state-controlled outlets in the early 20th century and a number of Russian examples are now in the Wedgwood Museum at Barlaston. The majority of the service is now housed in the White Banqueting Hall of Peterhof Palace, near St Petersburg.
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