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"Early in this century George Williamson, by writing directly to Tsar Nicholas II, established that the Imperial Russian Dinner Service of Wedgwood and Bentley, also known as the Green Frog Service, survived almost complete. There was great interest in this rediscovery, both in Britain and in Russia, but it aroused especial interest with in the Wedgwood company and within my family. At that time the chairman of the company was Cecil Wedgwood and the managing director was his firs cousin Frank Wedgwood, my great-uncle. Frank assumed responsibility for conduction negotiations with the Imperial Russian authorities, with a view to obtaining a loan of a selection of pieces for exhibition in Britain. These negotiations were successful, and in 1909 he travelled to St. Petersburg. There he received in person the thirty items which it had been agreed should be lent. He brought them back to England and they were exhibited in the company's showrooms in London. This was the second time they had been seen the firm's showrooms, the previous occasion have been in 1774, when the British public had been allowed to see the service shortly before it was despatched to the Empress Catherine."-Martine Wedgwood


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