A rare Russian porcelain tea and coffee set, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg
A rare Russian porcelain tea and coffee set, Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg period of Alexander II (1855-1881) comprising coffee pot, tea pot, covered sugar bowl, waste bowl, cream jug, eleven cups and saucers, twelve side plates and two cake plates, the borders decorated with geometric designs in red and green and gilded with scrolls, the sides inscribed in blue Cyrillic lettering with the names, 'Vasili' and 'Maria' on a gilded ground, the saucers and plates with the conjoined Cyrillic monogram 'MV' on a gilded ground, green and blue cypher marks height of coffee pot 9 1/2in. (24.1cm.) This service is modelled closely on the personal service of Grand Duke Constantin produced by the Imperial Porcelain Manufactory during the reign of Nicholas I. See, A.K. Lanceray, Russian Porcelain, Leningrad, 1968 no. 166. The service was designed by Professor Th. Solntsev who was also responsible for the design of the Kremlin service (see footnote to previous lot).