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Three Goblets with the Engraved Monogram H II A and Double-Headed Eagle

Lavr Orlovsky

Late 19th century

Imperial Glassworks, St,=. Petersburg

Colourless crystal, engraving, polishing

16.7 x 7.3 x 7.3 cm, 20 x 9.1 x 9.1 cm, 20 x 9.1 x 9.1 cm

These goblets are fashioned in a style widespread in the 18th century. Since Peter I's reign, goblets and wineglasses had been decorated with allegorical compositions and portraits and monograms of members of the royal family. In 1767, Empress Catherine II commissioned the St. Petersburg Glassworks to make 150 such glass goblets engraved with her monogram beneath the crown; the goblets were intended for use at banquets and order festivities. However, during the reign of her son Emperor Paul I, only gilded tableware was used for royal meals. But during the reign of Nicholas II, the St. Petersburg Glassworks continued to produce such goblets for festivities.

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