360. A Porcelain Figurine of Nozdrev with One of His Dogs from Gogol's "Dead Souls"
AFTER A MODEL BY BORIS VOROBYEV AND A PAINTED DESIGN BY IVAN RIZNICH, LOMONOSOV STATE PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, LENINGRAD, CIRCA 1953
Height 15.5 cm.
Related literature: For a similar work, see
Yu.A. Traysman, Ode to Joy, Pinakotheke Moscow, 2008, pp. 360–367.
Realistically modelled, depicted standing and frivolously smiling, wearing light beige checked trousers with braces, a white shirt and a raspberry coloured overcoat, a dog lying at his feet, on a circular shaped base, with a blue manufactory mark, further signed ‘77-x’ in black and numbered ’14’ in red.
Gogol’s series depict the époque’s take on one of the most cherished Russian author. Created between 1945–1954, these porcelain figurines of favourite characters
not only evoke the familiar literary prototypes but also highlight the pathos of the Stalinist era. Gestures and lively mimicry, along with the colourful palette,
enhance the theatricality and distinctiveness achieved by the longstanding tradition of craftsmanship and the imaginations of the leading artists of the time.