363. A Porcelain Figurine of Sobakevich 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 14 cm.
Related literature: For a similar work, see
Yu.A. Traysman, Ode to Joy, Pinakotheke Moscow, 2008, pp. 360–367.
Realistically modelled, wearing a brown suit, a dark brown overcoat, white a vest and a matching brown neck scarf, depicted standing authoratively with his hands crossed behind his back, on a circular shaped white base, with a blue manufactory mark, further numbered ‘62’ in faded gold.
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.