Plates of this design were made in ironworks from Coalbrookdale, England, to Kyshtym in the Ural Mountains of Russia, as well as in a number of foundries in Central Europe. The relative inexpensiveness of the medium was suited to the means of a growing middle class; its manufacture supplied middle-class patrons with decorative objects. The lacelike design, probably of Prussian origin, is in the Gothic Revival style, which was popular throughout Europe in the mid-nineteenth century, extending into a Russia that was increasingly open to Western influence.
Marking: On back, cast: Manufactory marks: a seal with a double-headed eagle displayed beneath an Imperial crown; KAC31903 within a rectangle; [Russian lettering] with a rectangle; (on the back) (stamped on the model): XN3.
Artist: Unknown Artist, Swiss, Austrian, or German, active Russia ca. 1703–4 Date: probably shortly before 1704Medium: Red pine (pinus sylvestris), with wrought-iron clipsAccession: 1996.7On view in:Gallery 551