Russian Glass Art and Ceramic Art

Plaque with the image of the Palace Square

    Plaque with the image of the Palace Square

    Russian Empire, Saint-Petersburg


    Imperial Porcelain Factory

    Imperial Porcelain Factory; overglazed painting

    12.9 х 18.3 cm

    Green mark "А III 92" beneath the crown


    Oval plate with polychrome light blue and brown colours image of  the Palace Square with Alexander Column up front in the center. The General Staff Building and Foreign Ministry connected with the Chariot of Glory via the triumphal arch. The architectural scenery is complemented by staffage figures. The painting is made upon the painting by J. Charlemagne, lithographed by L.J.Arnout in the 1840s, and by L.Jacottet in the 1850s.


    The Palace Square ensemble is a recognizable symbol of Saint Petersburg, its architectural landmark. The Alexander Column is the center of the ensemble; it was erected after the design offered by architect Au.Montferrand after the Russian victory in the Patriotic War of 1812. The column was unveiled in 1834; it was made from a single piece of granite taken from the Gulf of Finland coast. The height of the column together with the base and the statue of the angel (made by B.I. Orlovsky) is 47.5 meters. The buildings of the General Staff Building and Foreign Ministry were built according to the project of K.I. Rossi in 1819-1829, they "imbibed” segmental historic buildings surrounding the square in front of the Winter Palace, predetermining the unity and harmony of its space. Joined by the arch, both wings of the building are perceived as a single architectural space, a grand arc encompassing the Palace Square. The sculptural decoration of the arch dedicated to the Patriotic War of 1812 was performed by V.I. Demut-Malinovsky and S.S. Pimenov.