Life-Guard Lancers Regiment Military Plate
after Karl Piratsky (1813-1889)
1871, period of Alexander II (1856-1881)
diameter – 25cm
marked on the reverse slightly off center with a bright green crowned cypher of Alexander II, 71
A circular porcelain military plate, the cavetto painted with the troops of the Life-Guard Lancers Regiment by A.Kirsanov after a painting by Karl Piratsky 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: Л Гв Уланский полк / С карт Пиратского А.Кирсанов / 71. (Life-Guard Lancers Regiment / After a painting by Piratsky by A.Kirsanov / 71)
Karl Karlovich Piratsky (1813-1889) – Russian 19th military painter.
Karl Piratsky studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, where he specialized in battle scenes and began to paint almost exclusively in watercolors. In 1836 he was appointed court painter by Nicholas I, who soon commissioned him to document the uniforms and weaponry of the Russian military, which he painted over the course of two years. He continued to paint military scenes throughout his career, and when the Ministry of War established a department of military history, Piratsky was named head of its drawing department. In 1855 he received the title of Academician of the Academy, and in 1869 he was named an honorary Professor.
Piratsky’s inimitable skill allowed him to gracefully render the precise details of military life under the reign of Nicholas I. His works are exceedingly rare, though they may be found in the collections of Imperial palaces and military establishments.
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