- Department: Russian works of art
- Auction: 26 November 2009, lot 1177
- Viewing: 14 – 22 November 2009
The service was ordered by Emperor Nicholas I in 1834 as a gift for Mahmud II, the Sultan of Turkey (1808-1839), to mark the signing of the Treaty of Unkiar Skelessi in 1833, which secured Russian acess to the Dardanelles.
Part of this service is on display at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.
An Imperial fascination: Porcelain, Dining with the Czars, Peterhof. A La Vieille Russie, New York, 1991, p 95. pl 193.
Also compare Christies, sale 7677, 12 and 13 of Oktober, the Popoff Collection Lot 221.