Red Star: A Soviet porcelain plate, State Porcelain Factory, Petrograd, 1921
after the design by Mikhail Adamovitch, the cavetto with a red star containing a hand plough and hammer, the rim
with agricultural tools and letters, symbolising the promotion of literacy and education of the workers, with green
Imperial cypher of Nicholas II dated 1895, cobalt blue factory mark dated 1921
diameter 24cm, 9½in.
With minor surface scratches and stacking wear. The rim with a small repainted chip at 8 o'clock, approximately 1.5cm long. The foot rim with three small restored chips.
"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."
For an identical plate, please see N. Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain, 1917-1927, London, 1990, no. 65, p. 76.