Group of vintage Khokhloma pieces including vase, candle holders and a small salt box. All As Is.
Vase is decorated in floral and leaf Kudrin patterns. Khokhloma is notoriously hard to date and clues can be derived from the motifs used by the painters. 1940s-50s. "MADE IN USSR" in silver lettering on the bottom. The finely turned wood suggests the styling to represent Staffordshire and other English manufactory vases. The vase is assembled from two pieces (the neck which inserts into the body). 9¾" height by about 5" at widest point in diameter. (Note: visible in a couple of the pictures is a shrinkage crack where the two pieces meet which can develop in older timber.)
The two candle holders display a simplicity of style and color. The shapes are more geometric and flow in circular "belt" patterns. A bit of yellow and green is added to the predominant colors of gold, red and black. Candle holders are marked "MADE in SOVIET UNION" in silver lettering. 7½" height, 4½" diameter. Note: some wear and tear, visible nicks out of the top parts.
A small salt box that is from the same era as the vase. Lid fits tightly. Silver interior, no export marks. In very good condition, no flaws. 4" height, 3½" diameter.
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.