Sergei V CHEKHONINSTATE PORCELAIN FACTORY, Teapot decorated with motto: My work is my truth Enlarge 1 /2
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On display on Level 2


Russia 1878 – Germany 1936



St Petersburg, Russia commenced 1744


Teapot decorated with motto: My work is my truth [Teapot: My work is my truth] 1921 Place made: Petrograd, Russia, Russia
Materials & Technique: ceramics, teapots, porcelain with overglaze painting

Primary Insc: painted on base in blue: Soviet Emblem 1921
Dimensions: a) & b) 14.4 h x 25.4 w x 13.1 d cm b) 5.0 h x 9.9 w x 7.9 d cm a) 14.0 h x 25.4 w x 13.1 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.1287.A-B

The Imperial Porcelain Factory was established in St Petersburg during the reign of Catherine II. It was nationalised after the October Revolution of 1917 and renamed as the State Porcelain Factory, where revolutionaries used its remaining stocks of blank shapes for propaganda designs and motifs such as on this teapot. Sergei Chekhonin, an artist, illustrator and designer, was made head of the factory's artistic department in 1918, overseeing its new designers and existing workforce of skilled decorators in the production of agitprop painted domestic objects glorifying the new Soviet power.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design