MacDougall's Russian Art Auctions 8-9 June 2011

8 Jun 2011

Artist Index / Full Catalogue


* 668. A SOVIET PORCELAIN FIGURE OF A SEATED NUDE




3,000-5,000 GBP


AFTER A 1923 MODEL BY ALEXANDER MATVEEV, PORCELAIN AND FAIENCE MANUFACTORY "KOMINTERN", VOLKHOV, 1925.
Height 16 cm.

Related literature: For similar works, see T.Kudryavtseva, Circling the Square. Avant- Garde Porcelain from Revolutionary Russia, London, Fontanka, 2004, p. 112, No. 81.
Ode to Joy. Russian Porcelain in the Yuri Traisman Collection, Moscow, Pinakotheke, 2008, p. 127, No. 82.

Standing on the rectangular base, depicting a nude woman sitting on a painted pedestal, inscribed on sides of the base with the names of the sculptor A.T. Matveev, artist V.Freze after the design by S.V. Chekhonin, marked with black “NGF” (NovGubFarfor) and “Volkhov” factory marks in Cyrillic, dated 1925.

This figure is from the famous series of nude women modelled by A. Matveev in 1923 and produced by the State Porcelain Manufactory in 1920s–1930s. This series were included in the International Exhibition in Paris in 1925, for which the sculptor was awarded a gold medal, and won popularity among the collectors. Another example of this statuette painted by S. Chekhonin and executed in Volkhov “Comintern” manufactory can be seen in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.


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* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
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