Made by the Kuznetsov factory in Moscow, circa 1914. The front is decorated with a transfer printed portrait of Tsarevich Alexei (Commander in Chief of all Cossack armies), the reverse – with double headed Imperial eagle. The blue & red ornaments are simulating peasant embroidery of Cossacks’ shirts.
This is a very rare piece. No more than 2-3 beakers of this type appear on the market in a 10 year period. An identical cossack beaker is published in Collecting Pottery & Porcelain by Janet Gleeson, 1997, page 110.
Czarevich Alexei (the son of Nicholas II) is wearing Cossack uniform.
Inscription around the portrait reads: H.I.H.C.H. and G.D. (His Imperial Highness Czarevich Heir and Grand Duke) Alexei Nikolaevich * Commander (Ataman) of All Cossack Armies.
The black inscription along the lower rim reads:
The 1st Caucasian Cossack Division
For valiant and intrepid slashing
Marked – M.C. Kuznetsov in Moscow beneath Imperial warrant.
- Width (cm):
- Height (cm):
- Depth (cm):