History of Imperial (Lomonosov) Porcelain - 15

One of the porcelain wonders ever created by Imperial Lomonosov Porcelain Manufactory is Guryev Dinner Service. It took almost 10 years from 1809 to 1817 to create this masterpiece and in old archive documents it is often referred as Russian Dinner Set. Its name “Guryev” Dinner set got after the name of the minister of Imperial court Dmitry Guryev, who was also the supervisor of Imperial Lomonosov Porcelain Manufactory at the time.

It was Dmitry Guryev who invited well known and famous in Russia sculpture, professor of Academy ofArts Stepan Pimenov. Professor Pimenov became the author of the models for the Guryev Set. The color gamma (deep russet with gold) used in the set was inspired by another famous Service – Olympian, created by Sevres Porcelain manufactory and presented to Russian Tsar Alexander I by Napoleon in 1807.

As opposed to Sevres set which was decorated based upon Greece’s mythological Gods, Guryev set has Russian national features from life of common people. All items have picturesque miniatures capturing views of Russian cities and scenes from common Russian life. Sculptures of peasants - young women and men, graciously holding vases and bowls became the embellishment of this Service. The decoration of this set was meant to glorify Russian’s victory in the war with Napoleon. Originally this set was created to serve 50 people and included dinner, desert and tea ware. Lately, during the reign of Nikolas I and Nikolas II tea set was expanded by addition of coffee and tea sets and included already 4500 items.

Nowadays different parts of this famous set are on display in the most prestigious museums of Saint Petersburg and all around the world. Lomonosov Imperial Porcelain can reproduce some of the items of the Guryev Service by special request.
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