A Soviet cabinet plate with portrait of Joseph Stalin

Dmitrovsk Manufactory, Verbilki, 1935

The plate with a sepia portrait of Joseph Stalin (Georgian, 1878-1953), with green stamped factory mark and with brown Cyrillic overglaze inscription in Russian 'work of A.A. Chekulina April 1935'.

Dia: 13 1/2 in.


Ode to Joy Collection, Connecticut.
Estimate $1,500-2,000

Hillwood Museum, no. 43; Pushkin Museum, nos. 164 and 165

Oda k Radosti/Ode to Joy, p. 394-395, illus. 324, cat. no. 161

Aleksandra Alekseevna Chekulina (1906-1986) started at the Dmitrovsk factory in 1931 and continued until retiring in 1961. She was the designer of several important services dedicated to Soviet achievements in the 1930s. The catalogue for the 1939 exhibition "The Industry of Socialism" lists several portraits by Chekulina after sketches by the artist Shugaev. Cf. "Ode to Joy", p.394.

Sold for $3,750 (buyer's premium included)

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