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Made by: M.S. Kuznetsov Factory (Firm)

Currently in storage

About this object

This style of cup and saucer had been produced at the Verbilki factory (and other factories once belonging to the M.S. Kuznetsov group) since the late ninteenth century. The cup's flaring base and thin, squared off handle are quite common among ceramic designs influenced by art nouveau or the style moderne. The bodies of the cups are decorated in warm, tortoise-shell brown that gradually fades to a warm tan near the top of the cup. The exterior is decorated with a loosely drawn pattern of pale purple flowers ornamented with dots of thick white enamel. These flowers are set within thin curling vines rendered in brown and occasional groups of bright green leaves and white flowers or seed pods. The interior of the cup near the rim is ornamented with a fine gilt band.

Object name:
Made from:
Hard-paste porcelain with enamel colors and gilding
Made in:
Verbilki, Russia
Date made:
ca. 1890-ca. 1910
5.1 × 9.5 × 7.6 cm (2 × 3 3/4 × 3 in.)

Detailed information for this item

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Signature marks:
Factory mark [Imperial Eagle] T va M S KUZNETSOVA D. F. Stamped in blue on underside. Translation: "M.S. Kuznetsov, Inc." beneath the imperial indicating that the firm holds the Imperial Warrant. The Cyrillic letters D.F. at the bottom stand for Dulevo Factory (Dulevskaia Fabrika). Inscription 830/4 52 Written in fine black overglaze numbers on underside of cup. Possibly a model number and/or a painter's number?
Credit line:
Gift of Mrs. Colleen McDonald, 2005