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Karas and Odarka Kiev Porcelain

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  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
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Ivan Karas and Odarka (Иван Карась и Одарка). An extraordinary set of porcelain figures based on a 19th century comic opera. This, in turn, is based on an historical event by Semyon Stepanovych Gulak-Artemovsky (Семен Степанович Гулак-Артемовський) (1813-1873), a Ukrainian opera composer and musical talent, who lived and worked in Imperial Russia. The title is Zaporozhets za Dunayem (Запорожец за Дунаем, i.e., "Zaporozhian Cossack Beyond the Danube"). Alternate title is "Cossacks in Exile". In the exposition of the two pieces, Ivan Karas, a Dnieper Zaporozhian Cossack, is nagged by his younger wife, Odarka. The story is based on a historical event: when the Zaporizhian Sich (Polity) was overwhelmed by the Russian army, the Zaporizhian Cossacks and their families headed across the Danube River to the Ottoman Empire (now part of Romania) and established the Danube.

A Cossack clan tries to adjust to this new home, and also deals with the eccentric behavior of an amorous Turkish Sultan. Ivan Karas, an old Dnieper Cossack strikes up a friendship with the Turkish Sultan travelling incognito, which results in permission for all the "Cossacks beyond the Danube" to resettle on Imperial Russian land, back in Ukraine.


The detail is excellent with attention paid to the clothing, right down to the upside-down water jug on the fence post behind her. An angry Odarka berates her Cossack husband who has had too much to drink. Kiev Experimental Art Ceramics Factory, 1960s-1970s. Originally designed by Vladislav Ivanovich Shcherbina. Set of two, each 10" tall. Excellent condition, no defects, no restoration. Made for export. Price is for the set. One set only.


The Kiev Experimental Art Ceramics Factory was founded in 1924 on the basis of a small workshop, which manufactured ceramic paints and decals. After World War II the enterprise was expanded to manufacture decorative articles and eventually a large art workshop which became one of the best in the USSR.

SKU: KV-KO1
RRP: $400.00
$195.00 (You save $205.00)
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