Russian Glass Art and Ceramic Art

Commemorative goblet with the portrait of Emperor Alexander I

    Commemorative goblet with the portrait of Emperor Alexander I

    Russian Empire, Saint Petersburg

    Mid-1810s - early 1820s

    Upon the drawing of architect A. Barmin (form and decor), Imperial Glass factory

    Crystal, milk glass; faceting, painting, vermeiling

    Height 18.2 cm


    Goblet of colourless crystal with cone-shaped faceted bowl, with high faceted leg on round faceted base with scalloped edge. The body of the bowl is decorated with onlay milky glass medallion with a painted portrait of Emperor Alexander I. Gold layer emphasizes the crown, the oval, the lower part of the body and the edge of the base. The goblet leg facets are decorated with painted scalloped belts.

    This memorial glass is included in the group of various crystal objects with milk glass medallions, which depict the events of the Patriotic War of 1812. Portraits of Russian commanders and "exulting" inscriptions are fitted on them. The portrait of Alexander I on the medallion, dates back to the miniature of the French artist J.-A. Benner (1776-1836), who created a portrait gallery of tsars and grand dukes of the Romanov dynasty. It consisted of 24 works, which subsequently were up streamed into engravings and published as a separate album (1817, Paris). The Emperor is depicted in the general’s uniform of 1814, with ribbon and star of the Order of Andrew the Apostle joined with the English Order of the Garter and the Swedish Order of the Sword; medal ribbon (from left to right): the Order of St. George of the 4th degree, silver medal "In the memory of the Patriotic War of 1812", the Austrian military order of Maria Theresa, the Prussian Iron Cross.