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BUST OF CATHERINE II

Made by: Imperial Porcelain Factory

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

This glazed biscuit bust of Empress Catherine II is after a 1790 biscuit model by Jacques-Dominique Rachette (1744-1809) based on the marble original by Fedot Ivanovich Shubin (1740-1805) dated 1783 held by the State Russian Museum. She looks almost forward, only slightly to the left. Her hair is dressed high and with curls falling over each shoulder. She wears a tiara and a wreath of laurel in her hair. Only the upper part of her dress is represented. This bust is fixed to a circular base which in turn rests on a truncated column. The column is in unglazed biscuit. About the base is a garland of oak leaves in gold. On the front of the column is a medallion with a frame of leaves and ribbons, in gold. In the center of this is a porcelain plaque in white with in roses of natural colors underneath the front of the bust are the initials CM (possibly ST in Cyrillic).

Category:
ceramics
Object name:
BUST OF CATHERINE II
Made from:
Porcelain
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1810-ca. 1860
Size:
H. 25 in.

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
25.358
Class:
CERAMICS
Signature marks:
MARK; MONOGRAM On bust SM in Cyrillic for Sergei Morozov, on stand underneath: green mark of Imperial Porcelain Factory; cipher of Alexander II with Imperial crown
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973