Cobalt Net Large 9-cup Teapot. Occasionally we have been offered small quantities of old store stock and recently we acquired this elegant beauty! Compare the neat lines and gold stars on this piece with virtually everything else. Not to say that current production is flawed, but his one rises above just about everything we've seen in the cobalt net line, and we've seen a heck of a lot! Since the decorators and painters at the Lomonosov factory are anonymous, we guess that the artist who painted this one, was an elder with mature skills. Sure, it takes a close range to notice the details, but once seen, never forgotten.
In Russia, tea is usually served with the help of two teapots, one large and one small. This, the larger teapot, would hold hot water, while a smaller, 3-cup teapot would hold a strong brew. The two would be mixed together to make a brew to taste. As Russians like to drink tea much of the day, a weaker brew is preferred. This fine porcelain large teapot is decorated in the classic Cobalt Net pattern and is the genuine article! Fully hand painted and decorated at the Lomonosov Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Mineral cobalt, 22Kt gold. 7½" in height, 10" wide and 6" deep. 1 only, as shown. More details about marks below.
LFZ monogram and "Made in Russia" stamped in cherry red. (The first post-Soviet export backstamp after 1991.) After 2002, the export backstamp featured a red or a blue LFZ monogram along with the words "Hand Decorated, 1744, St. Petersburg, Russia". Post-2005 pieces are stamped "Imperial Porcelain, 1744, St. Petersburg", along with a double-headed Imperial eagle. For knock-offs and counterfeits see Find out more about genuine Cobalt Net from Russia