Some words about Konakovo faience

Konakovo faience factoryFactory, owned by A. A. Auerbakh, was founded in Domkino village (Tver Governorate) in August, 1809.

In 1829 the factory was moved from Domkino village to Kuznetsovo village.

In 1870 M. S. Kuznetsov bought the enterprise. Since that time it was called Tver factory.

On 28th June, 1918 Kuznetsov factory in Tver Governorate was nationalized, and in 1924 it was named after M. I. Kalinin. It was decided to stop the manufacture of porcelain and semi-faience.

Now the factory was specialized in faience and majolica wares. I. Frikh-Khar appeared on the factory at that time. He was painter, who played a major role in the formation of a new style of faience. Composition "An Old city", "An Uzbek Shashlik Vendor", "A Black man under a palm-tree", decorative kettle-camel are his the most interesting works.

In 1934 it was organized the first artistic laboratory on the factory, which was headed by Frikh-Khar. V. A. Favorskii, J. Chaikov, I. Slonim, I. Efimov, G. Kepinov, S. Lebedeva, M. Holodnaja, A. Zelenskij, V. Besperstova worked in the laboratory.

In 1935 - 1937 ceramist P. Kozhin was working on the factory.

Since 1934 to 1941 years there were being created many interesting works.

After the war, the factory produced tableware, decorated with on-glaze painting. Underglaze painting has used since 1947. At this time M. Holodnaja, V. Filjanskaja, H. Alterman, I. Vasiliev, A. Hiheeva worked on the Konakovo factory. In their works masters discovered the decorative, artistic expression and modernity of faience and majolica.

In the second half of the 1950s, such young masters as O. Belova, G. Veber, D. Mukhina and E. Lukinova came on the factory; it was a period of creative revival of Konakovo factory.

By the 1970s, artists of Konakovo faience factory have created products, which had high artistic level and were traditional and decorative. Among Konakovo artists at that time were such masters as V. Shinkarenko, L. Solodkov, N. Kokovihin, V. and G. Beljakovy, V. Sergeev, O. Gagnidze, V. Prokopenko.


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