GUARANTEED TO BE GENUINE ANTIQUE AND OF THE PERIOD STATED. The cup 2 5/8 in. (6 cm) high, diameter of the saucer 4 3/4 in. The Latin motto of the armorial IN DEO SPES MEA translates as "My hope is in God". Blue interlaced L's enclosing date letter QQ for 1793, painter's initial'C' for Philip Castel (active at Sevres between 1771 and 1797), gilder's numeral'2'.
Incised numbers 39 (cup) and 36 (saucer). Exceptionally Rare and Highly Important Antique Sevres Armorial Porcelain Cup and Saucer. From the Prince Baratyansky Service.
Blue celeste-ground coffee cup and saucer (gobelet "litron" et soucoupe) painted with coat-of-arms of Prince Ivan Sergeevich Baratyansky, the Russian ambassador to the French Court (1773 - 1785). The Sevres factory produced the service in 1793 and it was delivered to St.
At the hight of the Reign of Terror, when the royal family was executed (21 January 1793) and aristocratic privileges had been abolished, it would have been unimaginable to create a service displaying French heraldic emblems. The Baratyansky service was one of only two armorial services commissioned from the factory during the French Revolution. The service contained twenty four cups and saucers. One set, currently at the Hillwood museum (Washington, DC), is published in A Taste for Splendor Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum , 1998, page 168.
The service is mentioned in Chavagnac and Grollier, Histoire des manufactures de porcelaine Paris, 1906, p. The original order is recorded in the sale archive at Sevres a s'Un service fond bleu celeste, armoiries Mme. Cresp a Saint Petersburg, 18.384 L(ivre s)'. Louis XVI, in recognition of Baratyansky's services, awarded the ambassador with his royal portrait set with diamonds. Baratyansky was considered a very handsome man.
In Paris, many trade advertisements of the period featured his portrait with inscription " Au beau russe ". It was also Prince Baratyansky who ordered the Cameo service from Sevres on behalf of the Empress Catherine II in 1776. The service became the most celebrated and expensive of all the services ever manufactured by Sevres. The item "1793 Sevres Antique Armorial Porcelain Cup and Saucer Prince Baratyansky Service" is in sale since Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
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