8 June 2016 Russian Art and Photography Auctions

8 June 2016

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AFTER A MODEL BY BORIS VOROBYEV AND A PAINTED DESIGN BY IVAN RIZNICH, LOMONOSOV STATE PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, LENINGRAD, CIRCA 1952

364. A Soviet Porcelain Figurine of Khlestakov from Gogol's "Governor Inspector"

AFTER A MODEL BY BORIS VOROBYEV AND A PAINTED DESIGN BY IVAN RIZNICH, LOMONOSOV STATE PORCELAIN MANUFACTORY, LENINGRAD, CIRCA 1952


300-500 GBP


Height 15 cm.

Related literature: For a similar work, see Yu.A. Traysman, Ode to Joy, Pinakotheke Moscow, 2008, pp. 360–367.

Realistically modelled, wearing white and brown checked trousers, a plum coloured vest and a bottle-green overcoat, standing arrogantly looking into the distance and leaning on a white classical column, on a circular shaped white base, with a blue manufactory mark, further stamped ‘1 sort’.

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.


Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.

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