Period Of Empress Elizabeth (1741-1762)
Covered cup and saucer. Porcelain, gold leaf, polychrome painted over glaze.
Height of cup: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.), diameter of saucer 13.6 cm. (5 7/8 inc.).
above: The Guriev Service set out in the Yellow Room of the
Catherine House of Monplaisir Palace.
ABOUT THE WEBSITE
This website is derived from the book, An Imperial Fascination:
PORCELAIN, published by A La Vieille Russie.
The book is a supplemental guide to a loan exhibition from Peterhof, sponsored
by the Ministry of Culture of the USSR, Ministry of Culture of the RFSFR and the
State Museum-Reserve in Peterhof, which was held at ALVR from March 15 through
April 20, 1991. All the the objects in the exhibition were graciously loaned from
the collections of the State Museum in Peterhof.
The 164 page catalog is the authoritative guide in the USA on Russian porcelain
and is available from A La Vieille Russie for $65.00 plus applicable taxes and
shipping. It was edited by Paul Schaffer with text by Nina V. Vernova, Vadim V.
Znamenov and Tamara N. Nosovich. Translation was done by Robert Whittaker and
photography was by Helga Photo Studio. Exhibition design was done by Purpura &
Kisner and the catalog was designed by Bob Cihi.
To order a catalog call A La Vieille Russie at (212) 752-1727 or email
The website was built by Pallasart Web
Design. Text and graphics are copyrighted by A La Vieille Russie and may not
be reproduced without the express permission of ALVR.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Decorative porcelain is justifiably considered the pride of Russian
national culture. As one of the oldest in Europe, in terms of its founding, Russian
porcelain production has given the world a multitude of works which, although
created in the mainstream of general European culture, bear a striking individuality
of form and decorative technique. Russian porcelain is easily identified and remembered,
and its traditions have not disappeared even today.
Services and table decorations comprised the basic part of porcelain products
of the greatest ceramic factories in St. Petersburg as well as in the provinces.
The most magnificent, of course, were the services prepared at the order of the
imperial court, whose purpose and formal themes often bore official state significance.
The finest craftsmen were employed in the creation of these services which
were made to order and which at times comprised an entire epoch in the history
of national porcelain factories, which fact lends particular value to these beautiful
works of art surviving to this day. The richest repositories of Russian services
are the palace museums of the former summer imperial residences near the Russian
capital, St. Petersburg. Among them is Peterhof with its multitude of palaces
This online exhibition of imperial porcelain will assist those interested
in Russian art to appreciate more fully the wealth of its artistic heritage. The
exhibit has been made possible in large thanks to A
La Vieille Russie, which has contributed greatly to the study of Russian art
and its popularization, and thanks to the personal efforts of Mr. Paul Schaffer.
Vadim V. Znamenov, Director
State Museum in Peterhof
above: view of the Farm Palace in Alexandria Park
Henri-Pierre Blanchard (1805-1873)
watercolor. 30.7 x 46.9 cm. (12 1/8 x 18 1/2 in.).
From the service of His Majesty's Own Datcha in
Plate. Porcelain, overglaze polychrome decoration, gilding. Diameter 24.9 cm.
(9 3/4 inc.). Reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855).