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Made by: Royal Porcelain Manufactory Berlin

On view in: Pavilion

About this object

The porcelain top features profiles of Princess Charlotte (Alexandra Fedorovna) of Prussia and Grand Duke Nicholas (the future Nicholas I) on the bottom, while those of Emperor Alexander I, Nicholas's brother, and King Fredrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, Charlotte's father, are at the top. A replica of the so-called Marlborough gem (now in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), representing the marriage of Cupid and Psyche, decorates the table's center. This is all rendered in grisaille on brown to imitate the appearance of cameos set against a dark blue ground. The porcelain plaque is set in a frame of gilt bronze decorated with vine leaves on a stippled ground. Fifteen laurel wreaths, each with an eagle in its center, hang from the edge of the frame. The table top is supported on tripod feet, each with the figure of a winged victory at its top.

Object name:
Made from:
Hard paste porcelain -- gilt bronze
Made in:
Berlin, Germany
Date made:
79.4 x 48.3 cm (31 1/4 x 19 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
Signature marks:
UNMARKED LABEL Anichkovskogo dvortsa, Sobst. Ego Imp. Velichestva [Anichkov Palace, Property of His Imperial Highness], No. 9 Stol kruglyi [round table], No. 35 Kom Krasnaia komnata [Rm. Red Room] on one; Muzei goroda [city museum] 2119 on other; No. 9 ... painted in red on table; 161 crossed off underneath
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"