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WINE GLASS FROM THE COTTAGE SERVICE, ONE OF 16

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WINE GLASS FROM THE COTTAGE SERVICE, ONE OF 16

Made by: V. A. Zhukovskii

Currently in storage


About this object

In late 1829 or early 1830 the Imperial Glassworks began production of a new service for use at Alexandria, the small summer cottage built by the reigning Emperor Nicholas I (r. 1825-55) for his wife Alexandra Fedorovna at Peterhof, their imperial estate. The service is decorated with the coat of arms used throughout the Alexandria Cottage—a sword within a wreath of white roses and green leaves set against a blue shield above the motto: “For Faith, Tsar and Fatherland” (“Za veru, tsaria, i otechestvo”). They are referred to as the “Cottage Service” as they were only used at this one imperial residence.

The conical bowl of the goblet is elaborately cut in a pattern divided into three zones. The uppermost consists of a fine diamond pattern made of intersecting lines. Reserves in the shape of lozenges and circles have been ground into the diamond pattern and alternate about the body. Below this is a band of leaves cut and polished into extremely fluid forms. The final, lowest section is cut into a heavy diamond pattern. The pattern on the front of the goblet has been ground and atop this is a shield of dark blue glass rimmed in gilt. A silvered sword with gilt handle. The sword stands upright and pierces a wreath of white roses finely detailed in pale pink and interspersed with green leaves. Around the edge of the shield is the motto "For Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland." The stem is faceted and cut so that it flares out almost to the edge of the foot. The underside of the foot is cut in a star shape. This service was made for use at the Gothic Cottage at Peterhof.

Category:
glassware
Object name:
WINE GLASS FROM THE COTTAGE SERVICE, ONE OF 16
Made from:
Glass -- enamel -- gilding
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
After 1829
Size:
13.7 × 7.6 cm (5 3/8 × 3 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
23.51.13
Class:
GLASS
Signature marks:
INSCRIPTION "Za veru. tsaria, i _ Otechestvo" (For Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland) In gilt on blue glass shield on front of glass.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973