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In our SHOWCASE page we would like to share with our buyers and visitors a collection of interesting publications, imagery and events, all dedicated to the beauty of Russian Imperial Porcelain.
This page will not contain anything available for purchasing, but we hope that this small effort will be appreciated by those who enjoy decorative arts and Russian artisan tradition in particular.

More Precious than Gold
In the beginning of the 18m century, pursuit of the secret of the philosopher's stone yielded the secret or porcelain. Porcelain, a magical ceramic whose secret had been known in China for approximately 1000 years, engaged the hearts and minds or all, including European monarchs. There was a time when porcelain was more expensive than gold and to possess a collection of these gems was prestigious and venerable.
These vases all come from private collectors in Russia and are presented in the limited edition printed catalog "More Precious than Gold" by Aquarelle Galleries. All text and images are copyright of the publisher and are intended for the informational use only.
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Au Chateau Vase, 1855-1881 St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stencil: A II, Porcelain, overglaze polychrome painting, gilding. 20x 5.5 cm

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The Heron Vase, 1900. St. Petersburg. Imperial Porcelain Factory. Underglaze mark, stenciled monogram H II 1900. Porcelain, underglaze polychrome painting. 31.5 x 19.

During the reign of Alexander II, The Imperial Porcelain Factory brought no profits to the Treasury. The pieces produced for sale did not enjoy large demand. Attempts to improve the technical aspects of production were also undertaken at the time but were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, the factory's production was honored with a first prize at the 1873 Word Exhibition in Vienna. Despite various technical and technological complexities, the quality of porcelain quality remained very high.

It is very probable that the themes of the Pyramid and the Egypt vases were inspired by the book Journey to the East by Tsarevich. The exact description of the journey , the first of its kind, including a description of the visit of the visit to Egypt left the publishing house of F.A.Brokhouse in1893 (vase was executed the same year). All of the book's illustrations, which describe the journey, were made by N.N. Karazin. Most likely, the preparatory sketches of Nikolai Nikolaevich Karazin were used for the painting of the vase. N.N. Karazin was the grandson od the founder of Krakow University. After completing the 2nd Moscow Cadette School, N.N. Karazin served as an officer in one of the dragoon regiments. But having felt since childhood an inclination to drawing, in1865 and entered the academy of Fine Arts. His two inclinations - to military school and drawing were happily combined. N.N. Karazin participated in military campaigns as an officer and correspondent-illustrator.

In the development or the new style, Russian Modern marked the beginning of a new epoch wholly connected with the industrial nature or its production. There was an industrial revolution at the end of the 19th century in all spheres or activity, including artistic creativity.
Preoccupation with the technical aspects is something that is usually alien to art.
Nevertheless, art was found in constant interaction with the achievements or technical progress and scientific discoveries. Technically perfect, singing from the moment of their appearance, "ringing like jade and shining more than frost and snow", porcelain became a perfect material in which the artistic program of Russian Modern was organically transformed.
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The Egypt Vase, 1893. St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stenciled interwoven monogram: A III 93. Porcelain, cover, overglaze painting 31.5 x 12.

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The Wolves Vase, 1906. St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stenciled monogram: H II 1906. Porcelain, underglaze polychrome painting. 43.5 x 17.5.
Russian Modern, especially sensitive to beauty after the prolonged supremacy of the eclectic, discloses the aesthetic value of the porcelain. Alter cleansing the form of numerous external adornments, after baring it all Russian Modern bewitched and charmed with the technical perfection of the porcelain.
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The Blooming Wild Grasses Vase, 1909. St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stenciled monogram: H II 1909. Porcelain, underglaze polychrome painting. 31.5 x 5.8 The Orchid Vase, 1910. St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stenciled monogram: H II 1910. Porcelain, underglaze polychrome painting. The Rudbekia Vase, 1913. St. Petersburg, Imperial Porcelain Factory. Green underglaze mark, stenciled monogram: H II 1913. Porcelain, underglaze polychrome painting. 28.5 x 5.8




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