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 transferred on to fine porcelain and the edges were decorated with high-quality gold. These 6½" diameter plates were made in West Germany and the edition was limited to 21 firing days. No box, no COA.
These plates are not easily acquired as they traded on the success of the original edition of 1980-1983 which were limited 27,500 plates worldwide. The second series was limited to 21 firing days. Just as they were put of the market, plates from Russia and marketed by Bradford Exchange came out and the collecting boom began.
Boris Zworykin (1872-1942) 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. 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. He used gouache, a type of paint consisting of pigment suspended in water, that intensifies brilliance of colors.