21st Infantry Division Military Plate
after Petr Balashov (1853-1888)
1875, period of Alexander II (1856-1881)
diameter – 25cm
marked on the reverse slightly off center with a green crowned cypher of Alexander II, 75
A circular porcelain military plate, the cavetto painted with the troops of the 21st Infantry Division by I.Ivanov after a painting by Petr Balashov within a gilt border, the rim is decorated with a gilt ciselé laurel and oak leaf wreath on mauve ground, top of the plate is decorated with a Russian double-headed eagle within a yellow reserve. Reverse is inscribed in Italics in Russian: 21-я Пехотная Дивизия / С карт Балашова И.Иванов / 75. (21st Infantry Division / after a painting by Balashov by I.Ivanov / 75)
Petr Ivanovich Balashov (1853-1888) – Russian 19th military painter.
Balashov is primarily known for his gouaches and watercolours recording the uniforms of different regiments in minute detail. His works also served as patterns for decorations at the imperial porcelain pieces and for lithographs and engravings.
In 1852 entered entered the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. In 1858 was awarded with silver medal. During the 1850’s – 1860’ exhibited at the Academy.
Balashov spent last years of his life working for the Ministry of War, where he replaced Karl Piratsky (1813-1889). The artist was commissioned to depict the constantly changing uniforms of the Imperial armies.
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