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Item Number:   1800

Title: Russian Imperial Glass Factory Cottage Palace Crystal Slop-Basin 19th cent.
Price: Available on Request



height 6.8 cm x 9 cm in diameter

extremely rare find, no cracks or hairlines.

First of all, it's not His Majesty's own Service but Her Majesty because in 1829 Nicholas I gave the newly built homestead to his wife Alexandra as a gif and the so-called place Dacha (Cottage) started bearing her name Alexandria.
The white rose was the Empressís favorite flower and she loves novels about Knightís life, so the roses in Alexandria were represented by an innumerable variety of shapes, varieties and shades. Even the coat of arms of "Alexandria", invented at the request of Nicholas I by the poet V. A. Zhukovsky, depicted a blue heraldic shield with a knight's sword passed through a wreath of white roses.
Zhukovsky also came up with the motto: "For faith, the king and the fatherland."
So, it's Her Majesty Service, not His.

Second, the bowl is Extremely rare because Ö
Contemporary people including those who are working for famous Russian auctions have NO opportunity to have dinners with 9 crystal pieces in front of every person sitting at the dining table so Christieís wrongly attributed such piece as the sugar bowl with missing cover.
Russians never drink tea before or during the dinner, itís American hobbit to drink water which is coming from poor immigrants culture who had not enough food and thus had to drink a lot of water before and during the dinner to make the stomach full when Russians drink teas always at the very end of the dinner with deserts.
The photo definitely shows the dinner table settings, not desert so obviously itís the slop - basin (2 photos) which is extremely rare but sometimes could be found on tables of prestigious restaurants for some specific dishes.
Then, think, the sugar bowls are never a personal setting, itís goal to serve sugar to a few people. But look at the photo and you could see that the bowl Iím offering you is sitting in front of every gust.
I almost rest my case, but not yet.

Judging by the photo of the dished up table on the photo there was only one slop-basin for one person but 8 different goblets, champagne flutes, vodka shots, wine, and water glasses.
So after dethroned monarch what people would take with them having the chance looting the palace, definitely not the bowl to rinse fingers but something they can drink from, so no wonder, at least to me, there is almost no slop - basins available now except Hermitage or the museum of IPF in St. Petersburg. Some could say, who cares, any kind of drinking vessel is better looking and more practical (I always drink from the Imperial glasses I have) than a bowl, sure, but those drinking vessels you could buy time to time, however can not buy the bowl.
Still not the end.

The service originally included 530 pieces for 24 persons according to Tamara Malinina in the book ďImperial Glass Factory XVIII - beginning XX centuryĒ, St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Publishers, 2009, page 270 and in 1835 the service size was doubled to 1060 items for 48 people.
That means that there were only 48 slop-bowls made and even a bowl got broken the Factory produced one bowl because the number of persons dining at the same time could not exile 48 and it was like that until the very last dinner.
Counting all the destruction to millions of antique items during Revolution, Civil War, WW II and Government campaign against Romanov Dynasty and their culture itís really a miracle, in my opinion, that such rare and limited quantity piece survived and I was able to get it.
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