A Soviet porcelain inkwell "Pushkin At Work"

Lomonosov State Porcelain Manufactory, Leningrad, 1936-1937

The lid modeled in the form of a book, the piece after a design by Natalia Danko, stamped dark green factory mark.

L: 8 3/4 in.


Ode to Joy Collection, Connecticut.
Estimate $4,000-6,000

Hillwood Museum, no. 30; Pushkin Museum, no. 76

Oda k Radosti/Ode to Joy, p. 117, illus. 75, cat. no. 94; see also Nosovich and Popova, pp. 528-529.

In 1937, the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Alexander Pushkin, the Soviet government organized a series of events and celebrations of the famous poet which focused on his work and its contemporary relevance in the Soviet Union. Sculptor Natalia Danko created this model of the poet at work in his library, surrounded by foreign books and periodicals instantly recognizable to educated Soviets.

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