This rare platter is one of the most important and striking works by Rudolf Vilde, commemorating the Volga famine of 1921. Artists from the State Porcelain Factory planned an auction in order to raise money for the famine victims, and Vilde designed two platters dedicated to this subject. The other platter has a similar cobalt blue border, but depicts a soldier warding off the figure of Death (see E. Sametskaya, Sovetskii Agitatsionyi Farfor, Moscow, 2004, p. 92, no. 10 ).
The State Porcelain Factory archives indicate that five platters called 'To the Famine Victims' after the design by Rudolf Vilde were produced in 1921. For an almost identical platter from the collection of the Kuskovo Museum, as well as the original design for the platter, see Exhibition Catalogue, Rudolf Vilde. Porcelain. Glass. Drawings, St Petersburg, 2018, pp. 42, 146. For another version of this platter but with white border instead of cobalt blue, see E. Sametskaya, Sovetskii Agitatsionyi Farfor, Moscow, 2004, p. 92, no. 9 .
We are grateful to Vladimir Levshenkov for his assistance with the research of the present lot.