Bazilka Stepanovna Radonich was born into the Montenegrin Royal family in Cetinje in 1884. She moved to St. Petersburg in the retinue of her two cousins, the Grand Duchesses Militsa and Anastasia, daughters of King Nicholas I of Montenegro who were both married to cousins of Tsar Nicholas II. It is in Russia she learned to paint on porcelain and during the World War I she worked at Imperial Porcelain Factory as a painter and designer. In 1923-1924 Bazilka was arrested but with the help of Anatoly Lunacharsky and Consul-General of Italy she escaped from Russia and moved to Paris where she became a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elena of Italy, daughter of King Nicholas I of Montenegro. Until her death in the late 1970s Bazilka continued to paint on porcelain favouring delicate flower motifs. She often presented such works to the Queen and other members of her family as birthday or name day gifts.
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