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Karas and Odarka Kiev Porcelain

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  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain
  • Karas and Odarka Vintage Kiev Porcelain

Ivan Karas and Odarka (Иван Карась и Одарка). Excellent detail include clothing, the modeling and even 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. Older Kiev Experimental Art Ceramics Factory  backstamp circa 1960-1970. Originally designed by Vladislav Ivanovich Shcherbina. Set of two, each 10" tall. Excellent condition, no defects, no restoration, no broken pieces. Stamped in English for export. Price is for the set. One set only. Book value for the pair runs about $400-$500.

Deluxe set based on a 19th century comic opera, which, in turn, is based on an historical event by Semyon Stepanovych Gulak-Artemovsky (Семен Степанович Гулак-Артемовський) (1813-1873). Gulak-Artemovsky was 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"). An alternate title is "Cossacks in Exile". 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 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.

RRP: $300.00
$175.00 (You save $125.00)

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