"Friendship" Yakut Boy with Dog ("Дружба" Якутский мальчик с собакой). Lomonosov porcelain, USSR, 1980's. Overglaze painting. Excellent condition, no defects. 5" x 4½" x 2½". 1 only.
The authors of this elegant piece were Sofia Borisovna Velikhova (Baskakova) (1904-1994) and Elizaveta Nikolaevna Lupanova (Елизавета Николаевна Лупанова) (1910-1973). Both were employed at the production workshops of the Lomonosov factory. Sofia Borisovna graduated from the Leningrad Art and Industry College in 1926 with a degree in Applied Sculptor. She studied at VKhUTEIN (ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННО-ТЕХНИЧЕСКИЙ ИНСТИТУТ) under the Russian sculptor and academician Robert Romanovich Bach (1859-1933). Elizaveta Nikolaevna graduated from the ceramics department of the Leningrad Art and Industry College (1931). She started work at the legendary Leningrad Porcelain Factory (LFZ) in 1937 as a painter of porcelain and was interrupted by the war. She returned to the factory in 1944 and stayed there as painter and sculptor until the end of the 1960's.
The Yakuts, or Turkic Sakha people, as they are today known, settled in the Far Eastern Siberian Territory in the 13th and 14th centuries, migrating north from the Lake Baikal area. It is a very large territory, larger than Argentina and a bit smaller than India. The word Yakut, is Turkish, believed to be a corruption of "zhaqut", i.e., "yakut" meaning "semi-precious stone".