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DESSERT PLATE WITH A VIEW OF "SWISS COTTAGE NEAR BRIEG"

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DESSERT PLATE WITH A VIEW OF "SWISS COTTAGE NEAR BRIEG"

Made by: Samuel Prout

Currently in storage


About this object

Decorated in the neo-rococo style, this dessert plate features an Alpine scene entitled "Swiss Cottage near Brieg." Similar dessert plates made for the dowries of the daughters of Nicholas I were painted with scenes of St. Petersburg and its environs to remind the young grand duchesses of their homeland. This plate and another acquired at the same time, however, have German and Swiss scenes identified in English. The dessert set might have been intended as a gift to foreign royals. The scene is taken from an original steel engraving by Samuel Prout.

A farm scene with a house and barn decorates the center of this dessert plate. Figures sit near the house and a man in the field tends several cows. A village is visible in the distance with mountains behind. The border of the rococo style plate with curved edges is decorated in gold and white with shell and leaf ornament. Around the cavetto is a laurel leaf, tied with a bow at the bottom in gold on a lavender ground.

Category:
ceramics
Object name:
DESSERT PLATE WITH A VIEW OF "SWISS COTTAGE NEAR BRIEG"
Made from:
Porcelain
Made in:
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1835-1836
Size:
23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
25.560.1
Signature marks:
mark NI on bottom. In blue in Cyrlillic; this is the early verseion of Nicholas' mark, dating before 1836 inscription Swiss Cottage near Brieg on front of plate
Credit line:
Museum Purchase, 2001
Featured in publication:
"Hillwood: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007"