• Oval Sugar-Basin with lid

    Technique:
    overglaze polychrome painting, gilding
    Dimensions:
    height 14,0 cm, length 17,0 cm, width 10,0 cm

Oval Sugar-Basin with lid

France, 1778-1779

In the summer of 1777 Empress Catherine II commissioned the Sèvres Factory to produce a dining, dessert, coffee and tea service for 60 persons intended as a gift to Prince Grigory Potemkin. The main element of decoration on the service was imitation cameos. The numerous depictions of round medallions copying such carved stones were produced using the stencil printing technique pioneered at the Sèvres factory. The more than 700 items in the service were decorated with elegant medallions in which a deep wine-red ground sets off exquisite miniature painting that has a warm white glow. The chief adornment of the service, though, and what gives it its name, is the carved porcelain cameos that embellish the monteiths (vessels with a notched rim used to cool drinking glasses), wine and liqueur bottle coolers, ice-cream bowls and oval sugar bowls. Particularly admirable is the delicate virtuosity with which the craftsmen executed the miniature bas-reliefs, which can stand comparison with the works of the gem-carvers of Greco-Roman Antiquity. The archives of the Sèvres Factory contain a collection of such cameos, but they were never again used to decorate its porcelain. The Russian Empress’s Cameo Service remained the only one in the world.

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Oval Sugar-Basin with lid

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Place of creation:

Manufacture, workshop, firm:

Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory

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Technique:

overglaze polychrome painting, gilding

Dimensions:

height 14,0 cm, length 17,0 cm, width 10,0 cm

Acquisition date:

Transferred to the Hermitage from the Office of the Marshal of the Court in the Winter Palace

Inventory Number:

ГЧ-687

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