A Pair of Russian Porcelain Serving Plates from the Berlin Service

Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, Period of Alexander II (1855-1881)

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The borders pierced with arches and gilded, each center painted with a black double-headed eagle holding two shields, one painted with the armorials of the Russian Empire and the other with armorials of Holstein-Gottorp, green cypher marks.

These plates are replacements for the eighteenth century Berlin Manufactory service presented by Frederick the Great of Prussia to Grand Duke Paul of Russia (later Paul I).