Pair of Russian Imperial Porcelain palace vases\nImperial Porcelain Manufactory, period of Nicholas I (1825-1855), with the blue factory mark in the form of the Nicholas I cipher and the date of 1833. The bodies of both bandeau shaped vases with a rich plum colored ground, decorated with handles shaped as acanthus scrolls, with gilded foliate borders, palmettos and acanthus scrolls, acanthus leaves and grisaille style ornament, with flared neck and foot, on a square ormolu base. The superb execution of the raised ornamentation creates an illusion of gilded chased metal or bronze. One vase is decorated with the copy of the painting from the main collection of the State Hermitage Museum (former Winter Palace) - "The Concert" by A. Palamedes (Dutch, 1600-1673, Amsterdam). The painting on this vase was created by the Master factory painter/decorator Semyon Golov (ca. 1783-1849). The painting which was copied on the second vase is not identified. After interviewing the Hermitage curator of Dutch paintings, Irina Sokolova, we know that this painting, done by an unknown Dutch painter of the 17th century is no longer in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum and was probably sold together with many other paintings and pieces of art from the Hermitage in the 1920s-1930s. The author of the porcelain copy of this painting was the famous factory painter/decorator, one of the best copyists at the factory, who frequently reproduced pictures on vases - Vasily Meshcheriakov (1781-?). Archival documents record that he was a factory painter from 1808 and in 1818 he was appointed as a Master of painting and in the mid-1820s he became the Head of the Copy Painting department in the factory. ** This lot has been been sold in private treaty transaction for $2.7 million*** 54"H x 24"W, Circa - 1833.