Rare Imperial Vases
Sell at Sotheby's

A pair of Magnificent Pair of Imperial Porcelain Vases, Period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), St Petersburg.
Photo: Sotheby's

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A pair of grand imperial vases, believed to be presented by the Russian Emperor Nicholas I to his daughter Grand Duchess Olga, were put up for sale for the first time ever.

Praised for their grand size – 1.49m – the height of an average 12-year-old teenager, as well as their excellence in style and detail, the porcelain vases have gone under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction in London for nearly $3,000,000, surpassing all expectations.

Decorated with scaled-down versions of paintings by one of the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, Flemish painter Jacob van Loo, the imperial heritage has decorated the home of a German princely family for the past 160 years.

According to art historians, the fragile porcelain pieces managed to stand the test of time in perfect condition.

Given that the grand classical vases were also an essential part of dowries of Grand Duchesses, it is possible, they say, that the pair were presented to Grand Duchess Olga following her marriage to Crown Prince Charles Frederick, later King Charles I of Württemberg in 1846.

Source: Russia Today and Art Daily
7 July, 2010