Decorative Arts
hard-paste porcelain, enamel
Overall: 1 3/8 × 9 7/8 in. dia. (3.49 × 25.08 cm)
The Imperial Porcelain Factory, founded in St. Petersburg by Czar Peter I, was taken over by the Russian state and renamed the State Porcelain Manufactory. The objects in this case were decorated by two of the most important artists working at the manufactory. Ilya Grigorevich Chashnik, who painted the tureen, was employed there starting in 1922; a year later Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin arrived and began designing vases, tableware, and other objects. Both artists decorated porcelain with Russian revolutionary symbols such as the hammer and sickle, but the tureen and plate are adorned with shapes influenced by Suprematist ideas. Suprematism, a movement founded by the painter Kasimir Malevich, was based on extreme geometric abstraction of the rectangle, circle, triangle, and cross.
Marked on bottom with symbol of State Porcelain Manufactory
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
©artist or artist’s estate

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