History of Imperial (Lomonosov) Porcelain - 5

Toward the end of the 18th century, annual exhibitions entitled The Miracle of Christmas took place in the Winter Palace. In gala halls, the best works of the masters of the Imperial Porcelain Factory were displayed to the imperial family and Petersburg aristocracy. Table sets, vases, sculptures, and decorative adornments were procured for personal use or as gifts. In December 2002, the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory together with the State Hermitage renewed the tradition of Christmas exhibitions. Rare pieces from the factory’s museum previously accessible only to a limited circle were exhibited for the first time

Galina Tsvetkova, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory and a well-known collector, presented the State Hermitage with a tea set from the time of Alexander II. Designs of this set were found in museum archives, which revealed the artist to be A. A. Schreiber and the year of creation, 1879. The charming set impresses with its fine ligature of old Russian ornaments covered by gilding, and the fascinating architectural monuments of 15-17th century Moscow. Today the set is exhibited in the collection of the Museum of the Porcelain Factory of the State Hermitage.

The following year’s Christmas exhibition featured “Porcelain of a New Century.” It presented pieces by contemporary artists of the Factory. The Metamorphoses composition by M. Sorokin was donated to the collection of the State Hermitage.

The 2004 Christmas exhibition in the halls of the Winter Palace completed a grand joint project of the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory and the Hermitage Academy of Porcelain. More than 50 recognized Russian artists and sculptors took part in the exhibition. A.Voronihin, S.Pimenov, I.Monigetti, K.Malevich, V.Kandinsky, V. Tatlin, S.Chehonin, E.Zeisel (Schtrikker) and many other well-known and talented creators, worked to produce glorious Russian porcelain. Today, Michael Shemiakin collaborates with the Factory.
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