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    Sale 7734

    Russian Art

    9 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 187

    A Soviet porcelain coffee-service

    BY THE LOMONOSOV PORCELAIN FACTORY, WITH BLUE UNDERGLAZE HAMMER AND SICKLE MARK, STAMPED IN RED 'MADE IN RUSSIA U.S.S.R.', THE COFFEE-POT AND SUGAR BOWL INSCRIBED IN RUSSIAN 'AFTER THE DRAW.[ING BY] I. RIZNICH. 1931. EXEC.[UTED BY] E.K.' PROBABLY FOR ELENA KUBARSKAYA, WITH ADDITIONAL ILLEGIBLE INSCRIPTION

    Price Realised  

    A Soviet porcelain coffee-service
    by the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, with blue underglaze hammer and sickle mark, stamped in red 'Made in Russia U.S.S.R.', the coffee-pot and sugar bowl inscribed in Russian 'After the draw.[ing by] I. Riznich. 1931. exec.[uted by] E.K.' probably for Elena Kubarskaya, with additional illegible inscription
    Of 'Chinese form', the cylindrical coffee-pot and covered sugar bowl inscribed in Russian 'Bakhchisarai craftsmen', and together with the circular plate painted with metal workers making ciselé coffee pots, hammer and sickle and stars and cloth workers, all pieces with latticework silver ciselé borders incorporating stars and geometric forms, with blue rims, the spout with silvered scale-work design, marked under bases
    The coffee-pot 5¾ in. (14.6 cm.) high (15)


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    The 'Chinese form' of the pieces from this service, with its characteristic angular handles, dates back to 1860 when it was used by the Imperial Porcelain Factory. Later, it continued to be very popular in the works of the State Lomonosov Porcelain Factory between 1920-1930
    Ivan Ivanovich Riznich (1908-1998) was a painter on porcelain and a sculptor. He graduated from the Pavlovsk Art School in 1926 and in the same year joined the Lomonosov Porclain Factory. He worked for the factory as a painter and modeller until 1965 and again from 1975 until 1998. He painted many vases, services and figurines.

    Elena Petrovna Kubarskaya-Soloveva (1905-1986) was a graphic-artist and porcelain artist. Between 1922-27 she studied at Leningrad Artistic-Industrial Technical College. From August to December 1927 worked as an artist at Proletariat Porcelain and Faience Factory at Bronnitsa near Novgorod. Between 1929-41 and 1943-45 she worked at the State Porcelain Factory, painting vases, services and sculptures.

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    Provenance

    Gift of the Soviet authorities to the Turkish Ambassador.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 18 December 1987, lot 234. Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 5 October 1989, lot 361.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner's father.