A porcelain basket from the service for the order of St. Alexander Nevsky, Gardner Porcelain Manufactory, Verbilki, 1778-1780

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Oval tapering form, the gilt openwork sides with intertwined leafy border festooned with the ribbon and badge of the order, the interior painted with the star of the order with motto in Russian 'For Labour and Fatherland', the handles modelled as twisted branches adorned with floral sprigs, with blue factory marklength 34.5cm, 13 1/2 in.