An Exceedingly Rare Vase with Imperial Provenance
Porcelain krater vase in Neo-Classical style, circa 1873, by the Imperial Porcelain Factory (St. Petersburg).
Width 10,5 in. (27 cm). Height 12 in. (30 cm).
Almost certainly, made for the wedding of the daughter of Tsar Alexander II, Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna (1853-1920) and Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The wedding took place on January 23, 1874 at the Winter Palace, in St. Petersburg.
This is a very rare example of a ceremonial vase bearing the State Coat of Arms - the Imperial double headed eagle.