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A PORCELAIN PART TEA SET FROM THE CORNUCOPIA SERVICE
A PORCELAIN PART TEA SET FROM THE CORNUCOPIA SERVICE

BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS II AND ALEXANDER III, AND THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, 1921-1922

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A PORCELAIN PART TEA SET FROM THE CORNUCOPIA SERVICE
BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF NICHOLAS II AND ALEXANDER III, AND THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, 1921-1922
Comprising a teapot, sugar bowl, cream-jug, ten cups and eight saucers; each on a white ground, painted with black and gilt cornucopia on one side, stack of wheat and wildflowers and gilt sickle on the other, with gilt borders and scroll handles, the teapot and sugar bowl with detachable covers and gilt finials shaped as tree branches, after a design by Sergei Chekhonin, marked under bases with green underglaze Imperial Porcelain Factory marks and blue overglaze hammer, sickle and cog, and the dates '1921' and ‘1922’; the saucers and cups further inscribed 271, one saucer inscribed ‘N80’; the sugar bowl and teapot with masked Imperial Porcelain Factory marks
The teapot 9¾ in. (24.8 cm.) wide

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The Cornucopia composition conceived by Sergei Chekhonin was first published in 1918 in the first issue of the Plamya magazine, illustrated as a vignette for the opening article of the People's Commissar for Education, Anatoly Lunacharsky.

For a comparative tea service, see E. A. Ivanova, I. N. Lipovich, exhibition catalogue, Sergei Chekhonin, The State Russian Museum, Moscow, 1994, pp. 101-102, illustrated nos. 408-412. For more information about the Cornucopia design, see T.N. Nosovich, I.P. Popova, Gosudarstvennyi Farforovyi Zavod, 1904-1944, St Petersburg, 2005, p. 218. A similar Cornucopia tea service is held in the collection of the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.

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