Russian porcelain and faience
Russian porcelain and faience ware have won wide recognition inside and outside the country. Their high artistic merits, the variety of forms, beautiful in expressive plasticity, the profound feeling for material, the great decorative possibilities, the wealth of subjects and ornamental motifs can be judged from the porcelain ware from various factories presented here.
In a leading position among them is the oldest one (founded in 1744) in the country — the Leningrad porcelain works which produce mainly high quality artistic ware as souvenirs and gifts.
The biggest porcelain factories in the Moscow region — at Dulyovo and in Verbilki — put out mass-produced artistic ware. The porcelain works in Novgorod also concentrate on mass production.
The Kuzyayevo factory near Moscow specialises in china of particular forms and national decoration for Central Asian republics.
Gzhel porcelain is distinguished for its characteristic cobalt blue underglaze decorations.
The traditions of Russian pottery are successfully carried on at porcelain factory in Konakovo, well known for its highly distinctive ware, the main decorative feature of which is its rich, bright colour glazes and underglaze painting.
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