Lot n° 286
4000 - 6000
Result with fees
: 7 728EUR
GIFT FROM THE IMPERATOR CATHERINE II TO THE... - Lot 286 - Coutau-Bégarie
GIFT FROM THE IMPERATOR CATHERINE II TO THE GOVERNOR OF TOULA.
By HEMING and CHAWNER, London, 1777.
Large circular silver dish, slightly hollow, filleted pattern with six contours, engraved at the top of the rim with the double-headed eagle of the Romanoffs under imperial crown. Two oval meat dishes of the same model are attached.
Slight wear from the time, but good general condition.
English hallmark: George III, London, 1777.
Goldsmith's hallmark: Georges Heming and William Chawner.
Inventory number of the imperial palace furniture depository: 3 and 6.
Diameter: 30 cm - L.: 38,5 cm - L.: 28 cm.
Total weight: 2 k 942 g.
Provenance: Empress Catherine II bought this service in 1777, for the governor of Tula. At the death of the sovereign in 1796, her son, Emperor Paul I, recovered all the silver services of the governors in St Petersburg for his own use. The service became part of the Imperial Furniture Guard's collection and was sold during the Soviet era in the 1920s and 1930s. According to the inventory drawn up by Baron A. de Foelkersam published in St. Petersburg in 1907, in his work "Inventory of the Silverware kept in the Imperial Palace Furniture Guards", he refers to this service.
History: During the reign of Catherine II, Russia was divided into 11 provinces, a number which was increased to 40 at her death. Governors were appointed by the Empress in each of the provinces and each was given a silver dinner service worthy of his rank. In all, four or five services were ordered from London between 1774 and 1777. The present one was made for General Mikhail Krechetnikoff (1729-1793).
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