14 July 1999
A Soviet propaganda porcelain Plate 'Heights of Science'
by the Imperial Porcelain Factory, St. Petersburg (masked mark), with overglaze hammer and sickle, 1921
Circular, with the Russian exhortation 'From the Heights of Science it is easier to see the Dawn of the new Day than from below amidst the Mists of everyday Life' encircling the hammer and sickle in gold, red and black Cyrillic lettering, the centre on white ground, the rim on blue, after a design by S. Chekhonin, marked under base
9.5/8in. (24.5cm.) diam.
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For a similar plate see Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927, (New York, 1990), no.14 illustrated.
There is a manuscript exhibition label on the base reading 'Rpublique des Soviets Faire de Lyon mars 1929' together with a French translation of the text.
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