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Military Parades: Porcelain and Watercolour

Maxim Vorobyov. Parade on Palace Square in St Petersburg. 1817. Oil on canvas
15 December 2023—13 May 2024

The exhibition is dedicated to a hundred-year-old tradition of producing decorative “military plates” depicting imperial army uniforms. The tradition began at the Imperial Porcelain Factory in the 1810s, during the reign of Emperor Alexander I, and continued until the 1910s. Emperor Nicholas I, who of fond of parades and military uniforms, and his son Alexander II, who shared his father’s interests, paid special attention to “military plates”. The plates were manufactured in series, grouped together by common theme and design. According to the colour and decoration of the sides of the plates the series were called “red”, “turquoise”, “lilac”, “gold”... The plates were painted by the leading artists of the factory: Vasily Elashevsky, Mikhail Kryukov, Vasily Midin, Alexander Mironov, Vasily Stoletov, N. Yakovlev and others.

 The viewers will see porcelain as well as graphic “parades” since besides plates, the exhibition includes drawings and lithographs that served as sources or preliminary studies for paintings by such famous artists of the “uniform” genre as Lev Belousov, Alexander Sauerweid, Wiktor Mazurowski, Karl Piratsky, Adolf Charlemagne... The State Russian Museum has preserved complete sets of watercolour studies for two series of “military plates”: “the lilac” and “the golden” series.

Paintings depicting military parades and sculptural portraits of emperors in military uniforms supplement the exhibition.

Age limit: 0+

The exhibition is supported by SeverstalDobrotasevera,  Power Machines.

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Plate depicting military ranks of the Izmailovo Life Guard Regiment. 1876.  Decoration design – Pyotr Balashov.  Painting – Alexander Mironov. Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg. Porcelain, enamel; stencilling, overglaze decoration and gilding Plate depicting military ranks of the 4th Imperial Family Rifle Life Guard Battalion. 1877. Decoration design – Adolf Charlemagne.  Painting – Alexander Mironov. Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg. Porcelain, enamel; stencilling, overglaze decorati Plate depicting military ranks of the 27th Infantry Division. 1873. Decoration design – Karl Piratsky. Painting – Nikolai Kirsanov. Imperial Porcelain Factory, St Petersburg. Porcelain Pyotr Balashov. Uniforms of the Jaeger Regiment. 1875. Watercolour on paper  Adolf Charlemagne. Uniforms of the Chevalier Guard Regiment. 1878. Watercolour on paper Pyotr Balashov. Uniforms of the Lancer Life Guard Regiment. 1877. Watercolour on paper

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