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A large silver serving platter made by the Tsar's court silversmith, Nichols and Plinke, ST Petersburg, 1840. Decorated with a scalloped leafy rim, bearing the engraved monogram "ON" under an Imperial crown on the border with the crowned Russian double-headed eagle opposite. The bottom displays the stamped mark "N and P" for Nichols and Plinke, and the work master's mark "H.A.L." (Henrik August Lang), ST Petersburg, 1840. Diameter 14" (35.6 cm). Weight 1288 g. Inventory number "N. 31" scratched on the bottom. This platter is from the comprehensive silver service that was commissioned by Tsar Nicholas I for his daughter Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna on the occasion of her 18th birthday in 1840 for her dowry. Provenance: Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna Romanova (1822 - 1892).
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