Lot 619
  • 619

A Composite Soviet Suprematist Porcelain teaset: 'Diagonal Movement', Nikolai Suetin, State Porcelain Manufactory, 1923

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
78,500 GBP
bidding is closed


comprising: a teapot, a covered milk jug, a covered sugar bowl and two teacups, the bodies decorated with a Suprematist composition in black, grey and orange, each signed: po riz N. Suetina, Suprematism, with the black square, the special Jubilee mark for the fifth anniversary of the State Porcelain Factory's association with Narkompros, (KNP) and numbered No. 474/207, No. 474/205, No. 474/202, No. 474/120; No. 474/228, together with two associated saucers, also decorated in with similar designs by Suetin in orange, green, yellow and black, signed as above with green Imperial cyphers for Nicholas II and Alexander III and numbered No. 474/215 and No. 474/223


The set was bought by the grandmother of the current owner and taken to Lodz, Poland in 1923/4.
Thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

Following the October Revolution, the production of porcelain declined dramatically due to the lack of funding. However in March 1918, Narkompos (People's Commissariat for Public Education) took over the State Porcelain Factory and supplied it with money and fuel. The employees received orders not only to preserve the best traditions of Russian decorative porcelain, but to turn the former Imperial Factory into a "ceramics test laboratory of note for the whole Republic", where "agitation porcelain in the highest sense of this word" would be made, "revolutionary in content, perfect in its form and flawless in technical execution".

In the search for forms, which corresponded to the new era, the founder of the Suprematist movement, Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) and his pupil Nikolai Suetin (1897-1954), also turned to porcelain, to express the "principle of utilitarian perfection". For their decorations they used geometric compositions with combinations of patches of colour, dynamic in its proportions and lines.

A similar sugar bowl is illustrated in T.N.Nosovich: Gosudarstvenny Farforoviy Zavod, St Petersburg, 2005, p.310. The teapot and milk jug differ slightly from those also illustrated in the same publication, but are of identical form to lot 610 in this sale.