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Eye Cholesterol Eggs

These richly enamelled and gilded Easter eggs were made by the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory in the late 19th and early 20th century. The Romanov family tradition was to present eggs such as these to guests at the annual Easter […]

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Deluxe Toy Soldier

This deluxe toy soldier came in the same lot as the Porthos in last week’s post. Another revelation hidden under layers of soot and grease. While I might have thought this could be a Russian soldier a week ago, research […]

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Miniatures One

When I saw this Porthos in a lot of five very grimy and underrated miniatures, I recognized it from a 2009 auction catalogue. The catalogue has a marked example made by the Imperial Porcelain Factory (IPF) from the period of […]

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Instructor Post Four

I have been finding time here and there to complete the model for the cat head light. A few more hours should do it. Then comes the plaster mould. The back of it will accommodate wiring and hanging. This part […]

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Saint Petersburg c.1840

This is an extremely rare pair of vases with views of old Saint Petersburg c.1840. They were made by a prominent Russian Private Factory. One shows the Alexander Column in Palace Square with the city seen by way of the […]