A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palaceImperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910
Lot 101A*
A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palace
Imperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910
£ 40,000 - 60,000
US$ 52,000 - 78,000

The Russian Sale

28 Nov 2018, 15:00 GMT

London, New Bond Street

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A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palaceImperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910 A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palaceImperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910 A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palaceImperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910 A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palaceImperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910
A monumental porcelain vase 'Deep River' from the Imperial Anichkov palace
Imperial Porcelain Factory, artist G.D. Zimin, St. Petersburg, 1910
of tapering form, painted overall with continuous early spring landscape depicting a river, birch and other trees, banks and fields covered with melting snow, boulders and rocks cascading to the flowing water; all against the expanding depth of the pale blue sky and billowing clouds, all finely painted underglaze in monochromatic hues of brown, grey and light blue, marked on underside with green underglazed factory mark and date '1910', with attached paper label of Imperial Anichkov palace
height: 45.4cm (17 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Presented by the Imperial Porcelain Factory to the Russian Imperial Court probably during the annual Christmas presentation, 1910
    Collection of Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna at the Anichkov Palace, St. Petersburg, 1910-1917
    Nationalized as part of the palace collection as the palace became part of the City Museum, 1918
    De-accessioned and sold, around January 1928
    Private collection, New York




    The offered lot, 'Deep River', is a monumental porcelain vase from the Imperial Anichkov Palace beautifully painted with a panoramic river landscape in monochromatic hues of pale blue, grey and delicate brown. It was most likely presented to the Russian Imperial Court during the annual Christmas presentation in 1910 at the Alexander Palace. The Imperial Porcelain Factory preserved lists of all the items manufactured, along with the cost. These lists acted as the Factory accounts and were required because the Factory was owned by the state and financed by the state treasury. Vases decorated with the underglaze technique with landscapes, animal or floral subjects, such as the present lot, constituted the majority of production of the Imperial Porcelain Factory between the years 1900-1916. Every vase was unique and was given its own name. The landscape artists G.D. Zimin, A.F. Bolshakov, N.F. Daladugin and S.A. Lapshin went on annual sketching trips in the environs of St. Petersburg, Finland, Karelia, and then enshrined their sketches in their porcelain painting.

    The surviving factory reports of 1900–1916 contain detailed lists of all the works created, indicating the artists, material, size and cost of their production. In the document "Report on the activities of the Imperial factories for 1910" there is a "List of biscuit and porcelain items made in 1910" (page 76) which records "Vase 'Deep River' painted by. G. Zimin, ex. 10 ½ vers., 300 rub. " (page 80), which corresponds to the present vase in both description and height (RGIA, Fund. 503, Opis 2, Delo 250, pages 76, 80).

    The offered lot was part of the collection of Dowager Empress Maria Fedorovna at the Anichkov Palace from 1910-1917. Previous occupants of this 18th century palace included Count A.G. Razumovsky and Prince G.A. Potemkin, and in 1866 it became the residence of the heir to the throne, Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich, the future Emperor Alexander III. Following his death, the palace passed to his widow, Empress Maria Fedorovna. A year after the October Revolution, on 4th October 1918, the Anichkov Palace was transferred to the City Museum, where its various holdings were located. The integrity of the collection in the new City Museum came under attack in September 1927, when the Soviet Government began looking at the Imperial collections a reliable source of raising hard currency. The decision to liquidate the collection provoked an outcry in museum circles but did very little to prevent the inevitable. By January 1928, the city authorities decided to liquidate this section of the City Museum, and the distribution of the exhibits was entrusted to the Leningrad State Museum Fund, which decided the fate of 20,000 items.
    Period inventory lists pertaining to the liquidation of the collection in former Anichkov Palace records the present lot as 'a porcelain vase of slightly truncated-conical shape, painted with a winter landscape in grey tones, IPF, 1910. Height. 39 cm.' Issued to the State Fund Commission under Act No. 153, list 1, No. 39". (Archive of ET. F.I., Or. IV. Cases 298-304). Once de-accessioned from the collection it was likely sent to one of Leningrad's 'Antikvariat" store, where, according to the present owners of the vase, it was acquired by their American relative in early 1930s.

    We are grateful to Natalia Sergeevna Petrova for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.
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