361. A Porcelain Figurine of The Governor from Gogol's "Inspector General"
AFTER A MODEL BY BORIS VOROBYEV AND A PAINTED DESIGN BY IVAN RIZNICH, LOMONOSOV STATE PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, LENINGRAD, 1950–1960s
Height 15 cm.
Related literature:For a similar work, see Yu.A. Traysman, Ode to Joy, Pinakotheke Moscow, 2008, pp. 360–367.
Realistically modelled, dressed in a characteristic bottle-green uniform with gilt orders, white pantaloons tucked into high black boots and a sabre hanging from the left hip, on a circular shaped white stand, with a grey manufactory mark, further numbered ‘10’.
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.