Group of vintage Khokhloma pieces including footed cup and a barrel box.
Barrel box is decorated in a somewhat more elaborate floral and leaf Kudrin pattern from the mid-1950s. Khokhloma is notoriously hard to date and clues can be derived from the motifs used by the painters. The "MADE IN...." in silver lettering on the bottom has been basically obliterated. 5¼" height by about 4½" at widest point in diameter. (Note: this piece probably had a lid which is not longer present and has some wear and tear to it, but no cracks.)
Footed cup is decorated in a simpler floral and leaf Kudrin pattern from the mid-1960s. Khokhloma is notoriously hard to date and clues can be derived from the motifs used by the painters. "MADE IN USSR" in silver lettering on the bottom. rated. 5¾" height, 2¾" diameter. (Note: the base of this piece has been broken into three pieces and then re-glued. Inside has bits of ink residue showing it had a former life as a pen holder and the piece overall has some wear and tear.)
Soviet Union was founded in 1922. We have not been able to learn why some items were marked "Made in the Soviet Union" vs "Made in the USSR". Goods marked in English were intended for export to countries where English was spoken. In our experience, it seems as if MITSU is an earlier designation than MITUSSR. Of course, "Made in Russia" on old items indicate pre-1922 production as the export of Khokhloma products had begun in earnest at the beginning of the 20th century.
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