BABIGON SERVICE OF TSAR NICOLAS I. Imperial... - Lot 347 - Coutau-Bégarie

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BABIGON SERVICE OF TSAR NICOLAS I. Imperial... - Lot 347 - Coutau-Bégarie
BABIGON SERVICE OF TSAR NICOLAS I. Imperial Manufactory, St. Petersburg, 1825-1909. Set of 6 soup plates and 10 dessert plates in hard porcelain, from the dinner service of Emperor Nicholas I. The rim (the wing) is decorated with a large frieze of gilt ivy on a grey background framed by red and gold edging, the centre is decorated with a gilt openwork rosette. Good condition. Blue marks on the reverse : N. I. (Nicolas I (1825-1855)), under imperial crown. Green marks on the reverse: A. III. (Alexander III (1881-1894)) and N.II. (Nicholas II (1894-1917)), under imperial crown, dated 1892, 1896, 1903, 1904, 1908, 1909. Diameter: 22 cm and 22,5 cm. History: This service of neo-classical style was ordered by the tsar Nicholas I for the palace of Péterhof. It was originally created for 100 people and included 1500 pieces, delivered between 1823 and 1824. An additional order was placed in 1840 with the Imperial Porcelain Factory for a service for 100 people. Thus the number of its plates was multiplied by two. One part was transferred to Tsarskoe-Selo, while the second part was destined in 1857 for the Belvedere Palace, built from 1852 to 1856 by Andre Stackenschneider, on the Babigon Hill near Péterhof. It was during this period that the service took its name. Successive tsars used it until the Russian revolution, during banquets and official dinners. This led to the creation of restocking pieces such as some of the plates we present. Emperor Nicholas II was particularly fond of this service and used it regularly in his private residence at the Alexander Palace in Tsarskoye Selo.
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