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Russian Fairy Tales (Villeroy and Boch )

Boris Zworykin (1872-1942) is celebrated as one of Russia's most important ornamental illustrators. The original illustrations, created 100 years ago, are in the Metropolitan Museum at New York. Zworykin used gouache, a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water, that intensifies the 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. Each of the 28 ceramic colors is applied before firing - a procedure that requires time, care, and precision.

Gero Trauth (b. 1942) is a German painter, graphic artist, porcelain illustrator and designer. He studied Arts, Graphics and Design at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. From 1984-1997 he maintained a successful partnership with Villeroy&Boch/Heinrich–Porzellan in Selb. Besides creating exclusive table settings and dinnerware for Paloma Picasso and other exclusive objet d’art, he painted original art for twelve Russian fairy tales titled "Magical Fairy Tales from Old Russia" in two separate editions (featured here). 

All plates made in Western Germany by Heinrich Porcelain Fabrik, one of Europe's most prestigious porcelain houses. Each plate is 8¼" diameter and was issued with a special certificate of authenticity (COA) and housed in a Styrofoam box for shipping and storage.

  • Tsar Saltan Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth

    Tsar Saltan Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth.

    Tsar Saltan is based on original art by Gero Trauth. It is the 4th plate from the first series of six plates titled Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia and was issued in 1986-1987 by Heinrich Porzellan, a subsidiary of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach,...

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

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

    Tsar Bear is based on original art by Gero Trauth. It is the 1st plate from the first series of six plates titled Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia and was issued in 1986-1987 by Heinrich Porzellan, a subsidiary of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach,...

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    The Snowmaiden (Villeroy & Boch)

    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...

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  • Alyonushka and Ivanushka. Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth.

    Alyonushka. Fairy Tales of Old Russia by Gero Trauth.

    Alyonushka and Ivanushka is based on original art by Gero Trauth. It is the 6th, and final, plate from the first series of six plates titled Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia and was issued in 1986-1987 by Heinrich Porzellan, a subsidiary of Villeroy...

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  • Morozko (Морозко) by  Gero Trauth (Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia plate series)

    Morozko by Gero Trauth (Fairy Tales of Old Russia)

    Morozko (Морозко) is based on original art by Gero Trauth. It is the 2nd plate from the first series of six plates titled Magical Fairy Tales From Old Russia and issued in 1986-1987 by Heinrich Porzellan, a subsidiary of Villeroy & Boch in Mettlach,...

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