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On display on Level 2

Nikolai SUETIN

Russia 1897 – 1954


  • Belarus

Cup and saucer [Suprematist cup and saucer] 1923-25 Place made: Soviet Union
Materials & Technique: ceramics, cups saucers, porcelain, overglaze painted decoration

Primary Insc: Signed on base: "N.Seution"
Dimensions: a) 5.5 h x 10.0 w x 7.1 d cm b) 2.3 h x 14.0 w x 14.0 d cm a) & b) 6.2 h x 14.0 w x 14.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.1290.A-B

The painter, graphic artist and ceramic designer, Nikolai Mikhailovich Suetin studied at the Vitebsk Popular Art Institute from 1918 to 1922 under the Suprematist painter, Kazimir Malevich. In 1923 he began work at the State Porcelain Factory in Leningrad, creating reductive, angular shape and Suprematist pattern designs for a range of porcelain tableware. Between 1932 and 1954 he was the factory’s chief designer and designer for a number of Soviet state exposition projects.

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