A Soviet porcelain tea pot from The Sheaves Service, Lomonosov State Porcelain Manufactory, Leningrad, 1931
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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painted panels depicting a maiden astride a unicorn in a fantastic setting, the shoulder and waist with painted floral decoration, the handle moulded as a sheaf of corn and the lid with flower finial, with green factory mark dated 1926, signed 'A.Vorobyevsky' (or Vorobevsky) in Cyrillic and dated 1931
Designed by S.V. Chekhonin for the 1926 Soviet Envoy to Berlin, the 'Sheaves' service was never mass produced. In that same year, the twenty year old Aleksei Viktorovich Vorobyevsky began his employment at the Lomonosov State Porcelain Manufactory, where he would remain for the rest of his life. In 1932, the year after the present lot was painted, he participated in the 15 Years of RSFSR Artists anniversary exhibition in Leningrad and would later exhibit both domestically and internationally, in New York, Brussels, Montreal and Prague, until his death in 1992.
For an illustration of the entire five piece 'Sheaves' service painted with a different design, please see T.N. Nosovich & I.P. Popova, Gosudarstvennii Farforovii Zavod 1904-1944, St Petersburg, 2005, p. 668.