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A RARE SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PLATTER
A RARE SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PLATTER
A RARE SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PLATTER
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A RARE SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PLATTER

BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF ALEXANDER III, 1893, AND THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, 1921

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A RARE SOVIET PROPAGANDA PORCELAIN PLATTER BY THE IMPERIAL PORCELAIN FACTORY, ST PETERSBURG, PERIOD OF ALEXANDER III, 1893, AND THE STATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, PETROGRAD, 1921 After the design by Rudolf Vilde, painted by Ekaterina Yakimovskaya, the centre finely painted with a figure of an angel, with a stylised halo shaped as a red star, carrying a red banner inscribed in Russian 'To Save the Revolution To Help the Famine Victims', and holding a gilt hammer and sickle, flying above an industrial landscape, the cobalt blue border with a gilt inscription in Russian 'Workers of the World Unite', within gilt rims, marked under base with green underglaze Imperial Porcelain factory mark and blue overglaze hammer, sickle and cog, and the date '1921', also with Cyrillic initials 'EYa' for Ekaterina Yakimovskaya 14 1/8 in. (35.8 cm.) diameter

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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 [18]).

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 [17].

We are grateful to Vladimir Levshenkov for his assistance with the research of the present lot.

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