Russian Glass Art and Ceramic Art

Glass with the portrait of Emperor Nicholas I

    Glass with the portrait of Emperor Nicholas I

    Russian Empire, Saint Petersburg

    The 1840s

    P. Semechkin and K. Terebenev workshop

    Blue glass (cobalt); grinding, gold and silver painting, decalcomania

    Height 8.6 cm, diameter 7.2 cm


    Transparent blue (cobalt) cone-shaped glass with faceted bottom part. The glass body is decorated with octagonal elongated margin with black and white printed portrait of Emperor Nicholas I, based on one of the engravings from the original of 1835 by F. Kruger (1797-1857). The portrait is framed with oak and laurel leaves wreath and flanked by trophies. The image is crowned by Imperial crown; double-headed eagle with Imperial regalia is beneath. Stylized acanthus leaves rim the composition; gold edging surrounds the reserve. The glass opposite side is decorated with gold and silver painted ornament comprised of foliage offshoots with leaves and berries, supplemented by the image of butterflies. The glass bottom and welt are emphasized with golden trim.