Lot 402
  • 402

Activists (Students of the Workers' Faculty): A Soviet porcelain figural group, Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, Leningrad, circa 1930

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • porcelain
after the 1930 model by Natalia Danko, with impressed mark V.B. (Cyrillic), inscribed initials E.K. (Cyrillic), stamped red export mark

Catalogue Note

Most likely inspired by the painting 'Workers' Faculty Walking' by B.V. Yogansson (1928, State Tretyakov Gallery), the sculptor Natalia Danko created an idealistic picture of Komsomol (Communist Union of Young People) students. The Worker's Faculty promoted the education of men and women from working and farming backgrounds.
Several alternately painted versions of this figure exist, reflecting the various fashions of the early Soviet era.

For further information, please see T. Nosovich, I. Popova, Gosudarstvenniy Farforoviy Zavod, St Petersburg, 2005, p. 569 and V. Levshenkov, Tvorchestvo Sester Danko, St Petersburg, 2012, p. 264.