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A VERY RARE ANIMATED PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A BUREAUCRAT
A VERY RARE ANIMATED PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A BUREAUCRAT

BY THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, CIRCA 1933

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A VERY RARE ANIMATED PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A BUREAUCRAT
BY THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, CIRCA 1933
After a design by Natalia Danko, modelled as an official, holding a leather bag and documents inscribed in Russian 'A Plan', wearing a purple coat, a blue hat, and gilt glasses, consisting of three moving parts, connected by wires, inscribed under base with Cyrillic initials 'B.L' for Lyubov Blak
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high

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In 1933 Natalia Danko created a series of animated satirical porcelain figures, depicting various types of people living in contemporary Leningrad. Her sister Elena Danko described the series in one of the newspapers that year: ‘Satirical dolls by N. Danko. When touched, they come to life. A nanny rocking a child, […] a bureaucrat nodding his head’. These figures consisted of two or three parts, connected by wires, which would change their character when animated.

For comparable figures depicting a bureaucrat from the Hermitage and Kuskovo Museums, as well as other animated figures, see V. Levshenkov, Tvorchestvo Sester Danko, St Petersburg, 2012, pp. 286-287.

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