Sugar bowl (from a tea service)

Factory: Imperial Porcelain Manufactory, St. Petersburg (Russian, 1744–present)

Date: ca. 1775

Culture: Russian, Saint Petersburg

Medium: Hard-paste porcelain

Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Porcelain

Credit Line: The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection, 1982

Accession Number: 1982.60.171a, b


Similar surviving porcelain—either the so-called tête-á-tête (for two persons) or the egoist type (for a single user)—were typically wedding gifts from Catherine the Great to her ladies in waiting.