View one of the world's finest collections of Worcester porcelain and experience the glory of 18th-century Englad at Rienzi's collection and gardens
1 1/8 x 19 5/16 inches (2.9 x 26.2 cm)
The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase with funds provided by the Rienzi SocietyThe Rienzi Collection
In 1776, Empress Catherine the Great of Russia commissioned one of the most important services of the eighteenth century from the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory in France.
The Empress Catherine’s passion for classical decoration guided the design of the 800 piece service. The service was unlike any other that had ever been produced and featured a turquoise blue ground color in imitation of turquoise stone as well as bas-reliefs and cameos chosen after antique models. Each piece featured three categories of subjects — Greek mythology, Greek history, and Roman history as well as Catherine´s monogram and coronet. The decoration, specifically the detailed painting and gilding, demonstrates the extraordinary level of skill at Sèvres in the eighteenth century.