A set of ten French porcelain dinner plates, Paris
A set of ten French porcelain dinner plates, Paris circa 1900 the shaped borders richly gilded with foliage on a matted ground, with cobalt blue interior border, the center painted with an Imperial Russian coat-of-arms, the reverse with retailer's stamp, E. Gallee, 43 R. Bonaparte diameter 10in. (25.4cm.) The arms are those of Princess Catherine Michaelovna Dolgorukaya, Princess Catherine Yurievskaya (1847-1922), the second (morganatic) wife of Alexander II. She was only nineteen when she became romantically involved with the Emperor Alexander II. Alexander married Catherine in 1880 following the death of Empress Marie. In March of the next year, Alexander was assassinated and Catherine left Russia for France where she resided (in Nice) until her death in 1922.