TSAR PRINCE ALEXANDER I BULGARIA Royal Sevres Armorial Porcelain Plate battenberg
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1880
WEIGHT: 16.08 troy ounces (17.64 ounces or 500.00 grams)
Here is a superb and rare porcelain plate, bearing the BULGARIAN coat of arms. It was probably made for PRINCE ALEXANDER I of Battenberg, ruler from 1879-1886. It pays homage to the great Sevres services of the 18th Century, the CAMEO SERVICE made for Catherine the Great of Russia and bears close similarity in gilding and reserves to the COMTE D'ARANDA armorial SERVICE. Richly gilded with thick gold on a soft paste porcelain body. Truly magnificent Royal example for the discerning collector.
Alexander, nephew of TSAR ALEXANDER II of Russia was the first Prince (Knyaz) of modern Bulgaria. He had much charm, amiability and competence as a soldier. His brother Prince Louis, married Princess Victoria of Hesse. Their children included Queen Louise of Sweden , Earl Mountbatten of Burma and Princess Alice, mother to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The closest armorial to the plate is embossed on the Bulgarian Tarnovo Constitution of 1879. Several later variants occur with different crowns, mantling and supporters until the armorial was fully defined by state decree in the 20th Century.
Material: Porcelain, soft paste.
Probably Sevres, Paris decor.
Date: Circa 1880.
Dimensions: Approx 9 Ins wide,
Condition: Perfect condition.
Minute wear to gold.
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