A PORCELAIN EASTER EGG

BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1850-1860S

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A PORCELAIN EASTER EGG
BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, CIRCA 1850-1860s
Ovoid, centring an oval panel depicting apostle Peter, holding a key in his right hand, after a painting by Timofey Neff, within a gilt ciselé border, inscribed in black in Russian above the miniature ‘Sv. Apostol Petr.’, the reverse with gilt ciselé starburst, signed with Cyrillic initials ‘N. L.’ for N. Lifantiev, unmarked
4½ in. (11.5 cm.) high