"I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia". Woody Allen
An ultra smart, pair of early 19th century, Imperial Russian plates produced by the Gardner factory. The plates decorated in the fashionable manner of circa 1820, equating to the French First Empire and the English Regency style.
The plates decorated with borders enamelled in apple green, the apple green enclosed with bright gilding. The shelves gilded with bands of First Empire style scrolls and stylised acanthus.
The cavettos enamelled in apple green and bright gilding. The wells with gilded, stylised, flower heads enclosed in gilded circles. The plate backs with impressed pattern numbers, gilders' and painters' marks.
Although a Russian factory, the company was established near Moscow in 1766 by an English banking entrepreneur named Francis Gardner. It was the first privately owned porcelain manufacturer in Imperial Russia.
This smartly decorated pair of Russian plates are 10” / 27 cm in diameter, with both plates marked with the Latin letter "G" in blue. This Gardner mark is the most frequently found in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Tsar Alexander I - Circa 1820 Бог спас Императора
Provenance – ex Lady Trout Collection