Purchased by the mother of the current owner from Mikhail Alekseevich Sergeev (1888-1965), the first post-Revolution director of the Narodnij (later Gosudarstvennij/GOS) bank
Matveev's design was awarded a Gold Medal at the 1925 Paris Exhibition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. For comparison, please see N. Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain, 1917-1927, London, 1990, no. 109, p. 103; T. Nosovich and I. Popova, Gosudarstvennyi farforovyi zavod, 1904-1944, St Petersburg, 2005, pp. 332-333; and Aleksandr Matveev i ego shkola, St Petersburg, 2005, p. 205, cat. 202.
Excellent condition, with minor firing flaws. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."