Lot 463
  • 463

Speech, or Woman Worker Giving a Speech, State Porcelain Manufactory, Petrograd, probably 1923

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
15,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • porcelain
after a 1923 design by Natalia Danko, blue factory mark, incised 'N. Danko' (Cyrillic), dated 1923


Hillwood Museum, no. 17; Pushkin Museum, no. 27


Oda k Radosti/Ode to Joy, p. 100, cat. no. 60; for comparison, see Nosovich and Popova, p. 346 and N. Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927, London, 1990. cat. no. 89, p. 93.

Catalogue Note

This figure of a woman in a red head scarf, the symbol of a Bolshevik supporter or political activist, holds a copy of the Petrograd magazine Rabotnitsa i krestianka (Woman Worker and Woman Peasant), first published in 1922.  The magazine, one of only three produced specifically for women in Soviet Russia, contained basic introductions to Marxism in simple language intended for an audience new to politics.  It explained the advantages of the recently introduced family and work laws, promoted new organizations such as the Young Pioneers (see lots 471-474), and included advertising for public canteens and nurseries.