A Russian Imperial Porcelain inkstand and tray
Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg, period of Nicholas I
The inkstand allover decorated in gold and cobalt blue, fitted with lidded inkwells, a sand caster, and a candlestick, the tray stamped with blue Imperial cypher of Nicholas I, the inkstand apparently unmarked.
L: 10 1/4 in. (length of tray)
Ode to Joy Collection, Connecticut.
Oda k Radosti/Ode to Joy, pp. 28-29, illus. 2-3, cat nos. 47-48
An exceptional clock case with closely related decoration clearly marked for the period of Nicholas I (1825-1855) is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue "Tsvet nebesnyi, sinii tsvet..." ("The Celestial Color: Cobalt Blue; Cobalt in the Imperial Porcelain and Lomonosov Porcelain Factories XVIII-XXI Centuries) the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, 2007, as fig 12, p. 38.
Freeman's is grateful to Dr. Karen Kettering for her assistance in research for this lot.