Drinking Tea (Чаепитие). Kiev Experimental Ceramic-Art Factory, mid-1970's. Blue "book" factory backstamp in English. Original design by Vladislav Shcherbina (1926-2017) and his wife, Oksana Zhnikrup 1931-1993). Porcelain, overglaze art painting, gilding. Excellent condition. 6" in height and width, 3" deep. 1 only, as shown. Catalog book values range from $200-$300 and even an occasional $500 for this piece.
The Kiev Experimental Art Ceramics Factory (Kiev ECC) was founded in 1924 on the basis of a small workshop, which manufactured ceramic paints and decals. During World War II, the plant was destroyed but restored with the influx of capital investment. Mid-20th century found an expansion of the factory to manufacture decorative articles. Eventually the large art workshop became one of the best in the USSR at that time. Famous porcelain artists and sculptors that worked at the plant included O. L. Zhnikrup , V. I. Shcherbina , O. P. Rapay-Markish , G. M. Kaluga, A. D. Sorokin and many others. Also, Petrikov's painting on porcelain was introduced here for the first time. The fall of the USSR was not kind to these types of enterprises and eventually the factory ceased to exist. A collection of museum-quality pieces were to have been transferred to the State Museum of Decorative Ukrainian Art, but instead disappeared and presumed stolen.