Russian Civil War Commemorative Porcelain Cup and Saucer
Painted between 1935 and 1946 by the Dimitrov Factory near Moscow, the rare porcelain cup and saucer commemorates the Russian Civil War of 1918-21. Of high quality with crisp detail and vivid color, the front of cup depicts a detailed scene of Red Army Cavalry on patrol while the saucer features exploding artillery shells on a burgundy background enhanced with gilt scrolls.
Cup 2 1/8 in. ( 5.4 cm) high; 3 1/4 in. ( 8.2 cm) diam.
By Sergei Efremovich Sazonov (1870-1944), Dmitrovsk Porcelain Manufactory. Stamped with factory mark on base of cup and saucer in Russian: Dimitrovskaia for the factory, RSFSR for Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, Verbilki town outside Moscow and NKMP:-Peoples Commissariat for Local Industry. Few examples of this service, which was produced in the former Gardner Factory, appear on the market.
Literature: For a plate by the Dmitrov Factory see Nina Lobanov-Rostovsky, Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927, London, 1990, fig 62.