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Russian Fairy Tales (Villeroy and Boch )

Boris Zworykin is celebrated as one of the most important of Russia's ornamental illustrators. The Russian Fairy Tales decorative plate collection, a series cycle produced from 1980-1983, is a wonderful tribute to his marvelous artistic gifts. Each plate is an individual masterpiece. The edition was begun in 1980 with three scenes from the tale "The Snow Maiden". Subsequent annually-issued editions of three plates followed, based on the fairy tales: "The Firebird" and "Vasilissa the Fair". The series closed in 1983 with "Maria Morevna". The original illustrations, which are housed in the Metropolitan Museum at New York, were created 100 years ago, following Zworykin's emigration to Paris after the Russian Revolution. Zworykin used gouache, a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water, that intensifies brilliance of colors. Production methods for hard-paste porcelain plates, to be faithful to the original pastel colors, use a high carat gold, making it possible, for example, to emphasize red and lilac shades from the original art. After firing is completed, at temperatures approaching 1500 F., the colors display a brilliance not often found on porcelain. The reason for this is that only one of each of the 28 different ceramic colors is applied before firing - a procedure that requires time, care, and precision. All plates made in Western Germany by Heinrich Porcelain Fabrik, one of Europe's most prestigious porcelain houses. Each plate is 8¼" diameter and were issued with a special certificate of authenticity (COA) and housed in a Styrofoam box for shipping and storage. These plates have been out of production for since the early 1980's. Click on a picture below for a close-up view and to get more information on each plate.

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    Plate #1 issued in 1980

    The Snowmaiden (Villeroy & Boch) No Box

    The Snowmaiden (Snegurochka). Edition 1980. First, and most elegant, plate in the series "Russian Fairy Tales " by Heinrich Porcelain Fabrik (Villeroy and Boch). When the original series debuted in 1980, it sold out in less than 3 months. Plate...

    $125.00 $75.00
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    The Snowmaiden 2nd Series by Villeroy & Boch

    The Snowmaiden 2nd Series by Villeroy & Boch

    The Snowmaiden (Snegurochka). Just like their older and bigger cousins, these fine porcelain decorative plates were issued by Heinrich Porzellan - Villeroy and Boch. The colors of the originals, painted in 1916 by Boris Zworykin, were faithfully...

    $40.00 $35.00
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    The Snowmaiden 2nd Series by Villeroy & Boch

    The Snowmaiden 2nd Series by Villeroy & Boch (No box)

    The Snowmaiden (Snegurochka). Just like their older and bigger cousins, these fine porcelain decorative plates were issued by Heinrich Porzellan - Villeroy and Boch. The colors of the originals, painted in 1916 by Boris Zworykin, were faithfully...

    $40.00 $25.00
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    Ivan and Tsarevna Elena on the Grey Wolf

    Ivan, Tsarevna Elena and Grey Wolf (Villeroy & Boch) Boxed

     Ivan and Tsarevna Elena on the Grey Wolf (Иван и Царевна Елена на сером волке). A very popular plate in the series. Edition 1982. Plate #8. 8¼" diameter. Made in Western Germany by Heinrich Porcelain Fabrik. With certificate and...

    $75.00 $45.00
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  • Tsar Bear from the Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth

    Tsar Bear. Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth.

    Tsar Bear. Fairy Tales of Old Russia  based on the original art of Gero Trauth. 8½" in diameter (21 cm) with a certificate of authenticity, a booklet with the fairy tale and additional promotional literature. Manufactured in 1986 by...

    $45.00
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  • Morozko from the Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth

    Morozko. Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth.

    Morozko. Fairy Tales of Old Russia based on the original art of Gero Trauth. 8½" in diameter (21 cm) with a certificate of authenticity, a booklet with the fairy tale and additional promotional literature. Manufactured in 1986 by Heinrich...

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    Plate #1 issued in 1980

    The Snowmaiden (Villeroy & Boch) Boxed

    The Snowmaiden (Snegurochka). Edition 1980. First, and most elegant, plate in the series "Russian Fairy Tales " by Heinrich Porcelain Fabrik (Villeroy and Boch). When the original series debuted in 1980, it sold out in less than 3 months. Plate...

    $125.00 $89.00
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