This figure, also known as 'January', is from Kuznetsov's 'Zodiac Signs' series on which he began working in 1916. He completed the first two models, 'Aquarius' and 'Pisces', in 1918 and was awarded a gold medal for these works at the Paris Exhibition of 1925. For similar models, see T.N. Nosovich and I.P. Popova, State Porcelain Manufactory, 1904-1944, St. Petersburg Orkestra, 2005, p.315, and T. Kudryavtseva, Circling the Square, St. Petersburg The State Hermitage Museum, 2004, p.104.
There is a firing crack to the back of the neck measuring approx. 0.7cm. Otherwise in good overall condition consistent with age. "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."